hypocephalus

noun

hy·​po·​ceph·​a·​lus
plural hypocephali
-fəˌlī
: a circular sheet of papyrus containing extracts from the 162d chapter of the Book of the Dead stiffened with plastered linen and placed as an amulet under the head of an ancient Egyptian mummy in the coffin

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from hypo- + -cephalus (from Greek kephalē head)

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“Hypocephalus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocephalus. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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