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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: Morgue, name of a morgue in Paris

morgue

noun
     
morgue [countable]
1MX a building or room, usually in a hospital, where dead bodies are kept until they are buried or cremated [= mortuary]
2 a place that has become very quiet and dull - used humorously:
This place is like a morgue.
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