Definition of ossuary
: a depository for the bones of the dead
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Work on a provisional ossuary – a building where bones of the dead are kept – began in 1920 to provide a sanctuary for the hundreds of thousands of bones that were scattered throughout the Verdun battlefield site.
But southern Europeans, Mays says, rarely oppose the excavation of human remains, since bodies are typically buried just long enough for them to decay, at which point the bones are removed from graves and placed in ossuaries.
In 2002, an ossuary surfaced in Israel, which appeared to confirm his identity.
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Origin and Etymology of ossuary
Late Latin ossuarium, from Latin, neuter of ossuarius of bones, from Old Latin ossua, plural of oss-, os
First Known Use: 1658See Words from the same year
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