[ sahr-kof-uh-guh s ]
/ sɑrˈkɒf ə gəs /

noun, plural sar·coph·a·gi [sahr-kof-uh-jahy] /sɑrˈkɒf əˌdʒaɪ/, sar·coph·a·gus·es.

a stone coffin, especially one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument.
Greek Antiquity. a kind of stone thought to consume the flesh of corpses, used for coffins.

Nearby words

  1. sarcomatosis,
  2. sarcomatous,
  3. sarcomere,
  4. sarcophagi,
  5. sarcophagous,
  6. sarcophile,
  7. sarcoplasm,
  8. sarcoplasmic reticulum,
  9. sarcopoietic,
  10. sarcopterygian

Origin of sarcophagus

1595–1605; < Latin < Greek sarkophágos, noun use of the adj.; see sarcophagous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sarcophagi


/ (sɑːˈkɒfəɡəs) /

noun plural -gi (-ˌɡaɪ) or -guses

a stone or marble coffin or tomb, esp one bearing sculpture or inscriptions

Word Origin for sarcophagus

C17: via Latin from Greek sarkophagos flesh-devouring; from the type of stone used, which was believed to destroy the flesh of corpses

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Word Origin and History for sarcophagi
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