catafalque

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French catafalque, from Italian catafalco, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum, from Ancient Greek κατά (katá, down) + Latin fala (scaffolding, wooden siege tower), which is from Etruscan. Also influenced scaffold.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkatəfalk/
    • (file)

Noun[edit]

catafalque (plural catafalques)

  1. A platform used to display or convey a coffin during a funeral, often ornate.
    • 1942, The Giant Joshua by Maurine Whipple
      Until noon, the hour of the funeral, crowds continued to file by the plain pine coffin on its plain flower-covered catafalque.
    • 1976, “China Yearbook 1976”, in The Hallmark[1], Taipei: China Publishing Co., page 2:
      After another brief funeral rite at Tzu Hu, the presidential casket was laid on the catafalque in the central hall of a temporary “mausoleum” and sealed with marble slabs. There, the body of President Chiang will rest pending permanent burial in the mainland after its recovery.
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 91:
      The period of official mourning was long-drawn-out even by the standards of the day; the funeral ceremony held in Avignon's cathedral lasted a full nine days, with the pope's catafalque hung with black silk beneath candelabra likewise draped in black.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian catafalco, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum, from Ancient Greek κατά (katá, down) + Latin fala (scaffolding, wooden siege tower), which is from Etruscan.

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French Wikipedia has an article on:
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catafalque m (plural catafalques)

  1. catafalco, catafalque

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