marble orchard

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Etymology[edit]

From analogy with an orchard, because the marble or other stone grave markers are arranged in rows like planted trees.

Noun[edit]

marble orchard (plural marble orchards)

  1. (slang) A cemetery.
    • 1927, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Lost Ecstasy: A Novel[1], page 258:
      "It's so peaceful." ¶ "So's a marble orchard." ¶ "A marble orchard?" ¶ "A cemetery."

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