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loculus

[lok-yuh-luh s]
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noun, plural loc·u·li [lok-yuh-lahy, -lee] /ˈlɒk yəˌlaɪ, -ˌli/.
  1. Biology. locule.
  2. Ecclesiastical. a compartment in an altar, in which relics are kept.
  3. a recess in an ancient catacomb or tomb, where a body or cinerary urn was placed.
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Origin of loculus

1855–60; < New Latin, special use of Latin loculus, diminutive of locus place; see locus, -ule
Related formsin·ter·loc·u·lus, noun, plural in·ter·loc·u·li.
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Historical Examples

  • At the head and foot of the Loculus were iron rings whereby it could be lifted.

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • And the loculus was placed in the shrine, and the shrine for the present closed.

  • Locular, relating to the cell or compartment (Loculus) of an ovary, &c.

  • The picture we are about to examine is found over a loculus or grave in this cemetery of Priscilla.

  • The body was then lifted to its place in the shrine, and the panels of the loculus refixed.