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ossuary

[ osh-oo-er-ee, os- ]
/ ˈɒʃ uˌɛr i, ˈɒs- /
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noun, plural os·su·ar·ies.
a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead.
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Also ossuarium.

Origin of ossuary

1650–60; <Late Latin ossuārium, variant of ossārium, equivalent to oss- (stem of os) bone + -ārium-ary

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British Dictionary definitions for ossuary

ossuary
/ (ˈɒsjʊərɪ) /

noun plural -aries
any container for the burial of human bones, such as an urn or vault

Word Origin for ossuary

C17: from Late Latin ossuārium, from Latin os bone
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