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arcosolium

[ahr-kuh-soh-lee-uh m]
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noun, plural ar·co·so·li·a [ahr-kuh-soh-lee-uh] /ˌɑr kəˈsoʊ li ə/.
  1. (in Roman catacombs) an arched recess for a sarcophagus.
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Origin of arcosolium

1875–80; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin arc(us) arc + -o- -o- + solium sarcophagus
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Historical Examples

  • First, the arcosolium is not exclusively Christian in character.

    The Catacombs of Rome

    William Henry Withrow

  • However, all tombs of this period fall into two groups, kk tombs and arcosolium tombs.

  • In arcosolium tombs the receptacles are benches cut in the wall, like the berths in a steamer's cabin.

  • Other forms of very frequent recurrence are the table tomb and arched tomb, or arcosolium.

  • Each side of the cubiculum, except that of the entrance, usually contains a recessed tomb, either a table-tomb or an arcosolium.