mortuary

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman mortuarie (gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner), from Medieval Latin mortuārium (receptacle for the dead; mortuary), neuter form of mortuārius (of or pertaining to the dead), from Latin mortuus, perfect passive participle of morior (I die).

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mortuary (not comparable)

  1. of, or relating to death or a funeral; funereal

Noun[edit]

mortuary (plural mortuaries)

  1. a place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation
  2. a morgue
  3. (historical) A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner.

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