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Easter sepulcher

noun
  1. sepulcher(def 2).
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sepulcher

[sep-uhl-ker]
noun
  1. a tomb, grave, or burial place.
  2. Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical.
    1. a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
    2. a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place in a sepulcher; bury.
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Also especially British, sep·ul·chre.

Origin of sepulcher

1150–1200; Middle English sepulcre < Old French < Latin sepulcrum, equivalent to sepul- (variant stem of sepelīre to bury) + -crum noun suffix of place
Related formsun·sep·ul·cher, verb (used with object)

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