[ osh-oo-er-ee, os- ]
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noun,plural os·su·ar·ies.
  1. a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead.

Origin of ossuary

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

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How to use ossuary in a sentence

  • In the middle, an open ossuary contains skeletons that have been exhumed in order to make room for other corpses.

    Over Strand and Field | Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for ossuary


/ (ˈɒsjʊərɪ) /

nounplural -aries
  1. any container for the burial of human bones, such as an urn or vault

Origin of ossuary

C17: from Late Latin ossuārium, from Latin os bone

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