tower of silence

Definition of tower of silence

: a circular stone wall having a height of 20 to 30 feet and an outside circumference of 200 to 270 feet on which the Parsis expose their dead to vultures

called also dakhma

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“Tower of silence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tower%20of%20silence. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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