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[osh-oo-er-ee, os-] /ˈɒʃ uˌɛr i, ˈɒs-/
noun, plural ossuaries.
a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead.
Also, ossuarium.
Origin of ossuary
1650-60; < Late Latin ossuārium, variant of ossārium, equivalent to oss- (stem of os) bone + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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noun (pl) -aries
any container for the burial of human bones, such as an urn or vault
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin ossuārium, from Latin os bone
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Word Origin and History for ossuary

"urn for the bones of the dead," 1650s, from Late Latin ossuarium "charnel house," from neuter of Latin ossuarius "of bones," from Latin os (plural ossua) "bone" (see osseous) on model of mortuarium.

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