sarcophagus

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English[edit]

A sarcophagus (coffin).

Etymology[edit]

From French sarcophage, from Latin sarcophagus, from Ancient Greek σαρκοφάγος (sarkophágos, coffin of limestone, noun), so named from a supposed property of consuming the flesh of corpses laid in it, from σαρκοφάγος (sarkophágos, flesh-eating, carnivorous), from genitive σαρκός (sarkós) of σάρξ (sárks, flesh, meat) + -φάγος (-phágos) (from ἔφαγον (éphagon), past of φαγεῖν (phageîn, to eat))

Noun[edit]

sarcophagus (plural sarcophagi or sarcophaguses)

  1. A stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture.
  2. (informal) The cement and steel structure that encases the destroyed reactor at the power station in Chernobyl, Ukraine.

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