From French sarcophage, from Latin sarcophagus, from Ancient Greek σαρκοφάγος (“coffin of limestone”, n), so named from a supposed property of consuming the flesh of corpses laid in it, from σαρκοφάγος (“flesh-eating, carnivorous”), from genitive σαρκός of σάρξ (“flesh, meat”) + -φάγος (from ἔφαγον, past of φαγεῖν (“to eat”))
sarcophagus (plural sarcophagi or sarcophaguses)
- A stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture.
- (informal) The cement and steel structure that encases the destroyed reactor at the power station in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
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