[ ep-uh-see-dee-uhm, -si-dahy-uhm ]
/ ˌɛp əˈsi di əm, -sɪˈdaɪ əm /
noun, plural ep·i·ce·di·a [ep-uh-see-dee-uh, -si-dahy-uh]. /ˌɛp əˈsi di ə, -sɪˈdaɪ ə/.
a funeral song; dirge.
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Origin of epicedium
1580–90; <New Latin <Greek epikḗdeion, noun use of neuter of epikḗdeios of a funeral, equivalent to epi-epi- + kēde- (stem of kêdos care, sorrow) + -ios adj. suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM epicediumep·i·ce·di·al, ep·i·ce·di·an, adjective
Words nearby epicedium
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British Dictionary definitions for epicedium
/ (ˌɛpɪˈsiːdɪəm) /
noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
rare a funeral ode
Word Origin for epicedium
C16: Latin, from Greek epikēdeion, from epi- + kédos care
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