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sarcophagus

[ sahr-kof-uh-guhs ]
/ s蓱r藞k蓲f 蓹 g蓹s /
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noun, plural sar路coph路a路gi [sahr-kof-uh-jahy], /s蓱r藞k蓲f 蓹藢d蕭a瑟/, sar路coph路a路gus路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鈥1605; <Latin <Greek sarkoph谩gos, noun use of the adj.; see sarcophagous
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British Dictionary definitions for sarcophagus

sarcophagus
/ (s蓱藧藞k蓲f蓹伞蓹s) /

noun plural -gi (-藢伞a瑟) 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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