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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: sarcophagus (lapis) 'stone for making coffins', from Greek (lithos) sarkophagos 'flesh-eating stone', from sarx 'flesh'

sarcophagus

noun
     
Related topics: Death
sar‧coph‧a‧gus plural sarcophagi [countable]
MX a decorated stone box for a dead body, used in ancient times

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