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[ep-uh-see-dee-uh m, -si-dahy-uh m]
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noun, plural ep·i·ce·di·a [ep-uh-see-dee-uh, -si-dahy-uh] /ˌɛp əˈsi di ə, -sɪˈdaɪ ə/.
  1. 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
Related formsep·i·ce·di·al, ep·i·ce·di·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epicedium


noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. rare a funeral ode
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Word Origin

C16: Latin, from Greek epikēdeion, from epi- + kédos care
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