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Examples of sarcophagus in a Sentence
the crypt under the abbey church contains the sarcophagus of the monastery's founding abbot
Recent Examples of sarcophagus from the Web
The black and white marble sarcophagus of John Paul Jones, the famed Revolutionary War naval officer and father of the U.S. Navy, is supported by bronze dolphins in an ornate crypt in the academy’s chapel, next door to the superintendent’s home.
Today, a representative for the Danish royal family announced that Queen Margarethe’s husband, 83, has elected not to be buried next to her when his time comes, in a designed-just-for-them sarcophagus at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark.
A marble Roman sarcophagus, transported from Italy for his grand tour collection, now serves as the room’s resplendent bathtub (the prior occupant thankfully having taken its leave long ago).
Interestingly, one of the ships is a Klingon sarcophagus, along with a Klingon coffin.
The excavation turned up an empty coffin 6 feet down — perhaps to fool grave robbers — then a lower, concrete sarcophagus containing human remains, Mudgett told the Tribune.
Too bad a deranged monster (Sofia Boutella) is hiding inside his latest find: a 5,000-year-old sarcophagus.
When a huge pit opens up and exposes ancient statues surrounding a sarcophagus, antiquities exper tJenny Halse (Annabelle Wallis) guesses that the burial site was meant to imprison something evil.
The plane flying Nick, Jenny and the sarcophagus to London is attacked by a swarm of crows and crashes, which sets the Mummy free.
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Did You Know?
Body-eating coffins might sound like the stuff of horror films, but "flesh-eating stone" does play a role in the etymology of sarcophagus. That creepy-sounding phrase is a literal translation of "sarkophagos," the Greek word that underlies our English term. It's not clear whether the Romans truly believed that a certain type of limestone from the region around Troy would dissolve flesh (and thus was desirable for making coffins). That assertion came from Roman scholar Pliny the Elder, but he also reported such phenomena as dog-headed people and elephants who wrote Greek. But there’s no doubt that the ancient Greek word for the limestone, "sarkophagos," was formed by combining sark-, meaning "flesh," with a derivative of "phagein," a verb meaning "to eat."
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