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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: mortuarium, from Latin mortuus 'dead'

mortuary

1 noun
     
mor‧tu‧a‧ry1 plural mortuaries [countable]
1 British EnglishMX a building or room, for example in a hospital, where dead bodies are kept before they are buried or cremated [= morgue]
2 American EnglishMX the place where a body is kept before a funeral and where the funeral is sometimes held
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