noun, plural col·um·bar·i·a [kol-uh m-bair-ee-uh] /ˌkɒl əmˈbɛər i ə/.
Origin of columbarium
Examples from the Web for columbarium
With a powerful lever the soldiers attempted to prise open the door of the columbarium, shaking the edifice on its foundations.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
On the road to Assiut is a fine Roman columbarium or dove-cote.
As the niche was like a dove's nest in shape, it was called a "columbarium," the whole tomb a "columbaria."Rambles in Rome|S. Russell Forbes
There is the Roman columbarium, within the Etruscan site; there are the Etruscan tombs bored deep in all the surrounding hills.Studies of Travel: Italy|Edward A. Freeman
Archologists call such a group of tombs a columbarium; (see Fig. 230).Archology and the Bible|George A. Barton
British Dictionary definitions for columbarium
noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
Word Origin for columbarium
Word Origin and History for 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.