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bier

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/ bɪər /
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noun

a frame or stand on which a corpse or the coffin containing it is laid before burial.
such a stand together with the corpse or coffin.

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Origin of bier

before 900; Middle English bere,Old English bēr, bǣr(e); cognate with Old High German bāra (German Bahre), Dutch, Danish baar,Swedish bår; spelling influenced by French bière; akin to bear1, barrow1
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British Dictionary definitions for bier

bier
/ (bɪə) /

noun

a platform or stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse rests before burial
Old English bǣr; related to beran to bear 1, Old High German bāra bier, Sanskrit bhārá a burden
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