ossuary

noun
os·​su·​ary | \ ˈä-shə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce ossuary (audio) , -syə-, -sə- \
plural ossuaries

Definition of ossuary

: a depository for the bones of the dead

Examples of ossuary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The extraordinarily high flames, propelled by strong winds from the south, reached the village’s homes and burned to ashes everything standing in between, including the cemetery’s ossuary. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021 In 1973, an ossuary dating back to the 1st century AD was recovered. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 16 May 2021 The largest ossuary in the world is the network of catacombs beneath Paris, which reportedly house the bones of approximately six million people. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 29 Feb. 2020 In the 19th century, many churches again emptied their cemeteries and added even more skulls to this vast ossuary. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2019 In the 19th century, many churches again emptied their cemeteries and added even more skulls to this vast ossuary. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2019 In the 19th century, many churches again emptied their cemeteries and added even more skulls to this vast ossuary. Rick Steves, chicagotribune.com, 25 Oct. 2019 The bones were then collected and often placed in stone boxes, known as ossuaries, inside the cave chamber. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2019 Gisotti said last week that investigators had located two ossuaries – small chambers where the bones of dead people are placed – under a stone slab manhole covering inside the Teutonic college itself. Fox News, 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of ossuary

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ossuary

Late Latin ossuarium, from Latin, neuter of ossuarius of bones, from Old Latin ossua, plural of oss-, os

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“Ossuary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ossuary. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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