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cist

1
[sist]
noun Classical Antiquity.
  1. a box or chest, especially for sacred utensils.
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Origin of cist

1
1795–1805; < Latin cista < Greek kístē chest

cist

2
[sist, kist]
noun
  1. a prehistoric sepulchral tomb or casket.
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Also kist.

Origin of cist

2
1795–1805; < Welsh < Latin cista. See cist1
Related formscist·ed, adjectivecis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cist

cist

1
noun
  1. a wooden box for holding ritual objects used in ancient Rome and Greece
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Word Origin for cist

C19: from Latin cista box, chest, basket, from Greek kistē

cist

2

kist

noun
  1. archaeol a box-shaped burial chamber made from stone slabs or a hollowed tree trunk
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Word Origin for cist

C19: from Welsh: chest, from Latin cista box; see cist 1
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Word Origin and History for cist

n.

"sepulchral chest or chamber," 1804, in some cases from Latin cista "wickerwork basket, box," from Greek kiste "box, chest" (see chest); according to OED, in some cases from Welsh cist in cist faen "stone coffin," the first element of which is from the Latin word.

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