As the niche was like a dove's nest in shape, it was called a "columbarium," the whole tomb a "columbaria."
On the road to Assiut is a fine Roman columbarium or dove-cote.
So as she still sat with shining eyes, dreaming again of that columbarium, I pressed to the next point.
In the rectory orchard close by is the "columbarium," or all that is left of it.
columbarium means not only a dovecote, but also a sepulchre, with niches for urns.
There is the Roman columbarium, within the Etruscan site; there are the Etruscan tombs bored deep in all the surrounding hills.
In these gardens an interesting discovery has just been made; an extensive burial place, or columbarium, in singular preservation.
Archologists call such a group of tombs a columbarium; (see Fig. 230).
The second columbarium is much like the first, excepting that the stair is not so well preserved.
Thus they looked somewhat like the little entrances to a pigeon-house, and hence the name of columbarium.
"subterranean sepulchre in ancient Roman places with niches for urns holding remains," neuter of Latin columbarius, "dove-cote" (so called from resemblance), literally "pertaining to doves;" from columba "dove." Literal sense of "dove-cote" is attested in English from 1881.