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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Italian
Origin: catafalco, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum 'stage, platform, scaffold', from Greek kata- ( CATACLYSM) + Latin fala 'movable wooden structure for attacking towns'

catafalque

noun
     
cat‧a‧falque [countable] formal
MX a decorated raised structure on which the dead body of an important person is placed before their funeral
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