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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
While drivers and passengers might unleash the occasional unintelligible, adrenaline-fueled pump-up scream at one another, the inside of this giant snow sarcophagus is too loud and too intense to allow for anything else.
Those giant coats and trouser suits, with their telltale YSL palette and haute flourishes, were not so much an outfit as a sarcophagus.
While it is expected that she will be interred in a sarcophagus and placed in the cathedral where Danish royals have been buried for hundreds of years, Henrik will be cremated.
Though genetic analysis in 2008 revealed that the remains attributed to Schiller did not belong to the writer, his sarcophagus remains in the vault.
Many statues of the generalissimo were removed; about 100 of them are now dotted round a park next to one of Chiang’s villas in Cihu district in northern Taiwan, where his body lies in a black marble sarcophagus.
Why is there nothing in the pyramid, except a broken sarcophagus missing its lid?
The eroding sarcophagus of reactor four has been replaced.
One suite, the Affresco, has a bathtub shaped like a 12th-century stone sarcophagus—equally impressive a piece, but a little less claustrophobic.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of sarcophagus
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SARCOPHAGUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sarcophagus for English Language Learners
: a stone coffin from ancient times
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