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Meaning of SARCOPHAGUS

Pronunciation:  sâr'kâfugus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a stone coffin (usually bearing sculpture or inscriptions)
 

SARCOPHAGUS is a 11 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: casket, coffin

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sar*coph"a*gus\, n.; pl. L. {Sarcophagi}, E.
{Sarcophaguses}. [L., fr. Gr. sarkofa`gos, properly, eating
flesh; sa`rx, sa`rkos, flesh + fagei^n to eat. Cf.
{Sarcasm}.]
1. A species of limestone used among the Greeks for making
   coffins, which was so called because it consumed within a
   few weeks the flesh of bodies deposited in it. It is
   otherwise called {lapis Assius}, or {Assian stone}, and is
   said to have been found at Assos, a city of Lycia.
   --Holland.

2. A coffin or chest-shaped tomb of the kind of stone
   described above; hence, any stone coffin.

3. A stone shaped like a sarcophagus and placed by a grave as
   a memorial.

 

 

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