mortuary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
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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).

Adjective[edit]

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. (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.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (place where corpses are stored): morgue (now chiefly law and law enforcement)
  • (ecclesiastical heriot): soulscot

See also[edit]

  • (room in a mortuary where corpses are placed under a rinsing shower): lavatory

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