sepulcher

[ sep-uhl-ker ]
/ ˈsɛp əl kər /

noun

a tomb, grave, or burial place.
Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical.
  1. a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
  2. a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.

verb (used with object)

to place in a sepulcher; bury.

Nearby words

  1. septum pellucidum,
  2. septum penis,
  3. septuple,
  4. septuplet,
  5. septuplicate,
  6. sepulcher, holy,
  7. sepulchral,
  8. sepulchre,
  9. sepulture,
  10. seq.

Also especially British, sep·ul·chre.

Origin of sepulcher

1150–1200; Middle English sepulcre < Old French < Latin sepulcrum, equivalent to sepul- (variant stem of sepelīre to bury) + -crum noun suffix of place

Related formsun·sep·ul·cher, verb (used with object)

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