sarcophagus
[ sahr-kof-uh-guhs ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; Greek via Latin from Greek sarkophagos ‘flesh-consuming’, from sarx, sark- ‘flesh’ + -phagos ‘-eating’
Synonyms
  • bin
  • carton
  • case
  • chest
  • coffer
  • crate
  • pinto
Definition
a stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription and associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece
Example
An Egyptian pharaoh would likely be buried in a sarcophagus.
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