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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 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.
The plane flying Nick, Jenny and the sarcophagus to London is attacked by a swarm of crows and crashes, which sets the Mummy free.
The rest of the movie is a pain in the sarcophagus.
Just outside Paris, in the suburb of Marnes-la-Coquette, the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery features an arc and a crypt with 68 sarcophagi.
The mausoleum also includes the sarcophagus of General Eremia Grigorescu, who died in 1919, and a rotunda containing the flags of the Romanian units who fought at Marasesti.
The sarcophagus of a rich merchant at an archeological site in Giza, Egypt.
Last month, archaeologists uncovered a relief with 10 lines of hieroglyphs and Emnikamaw's name, along with the remains of a sarcophagus.
The flower pot turned out to be part of an ancient Roman sarcophagus.
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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."
SARCOPHAGUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sarcophagus for English Language Learners
: a stone coffin from ancient times
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