[ sahr-kof-uh-guhs ]
/ sɑrˈkɒf ə gəs /
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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.
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Origin of sarcophagus
1595–1605; <Latin <Greek sarkophágos, noun use of the adj.; see sarcophagous
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How to use sarcophagus in a sentence
Tall iron gates between the arches enclose the graves, which are marked with massive sarcophagi of Scotch granite.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
A marble lattice-work, six feet high, surrounding the two sarcophagi, is a masterpiece of art.
The interior is filled with sarcophagi, in which lie the remains either of relations or favourite ministers of the Sultan Akbar.
In adjoining halls, under plain sarcophagi, rest the remains of several wives and children of the Emperor Humaione.
The same may be said of the sarcophagi in the principal temple, which is hewn out of a block of fine white marble.
British Dictionary definitions for sarcophagus
/ (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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