ossuary

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Bones in an ossuary in the Czech Republic

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin ossuārium(charnel house), from ossuārius(of or for bones), from compound of Latin os(bone) + adjectival suffix -ārius(of, related to).

Noun[edit]

ossuary (plural ossuaries)

  1. A container, receptacle, or building, such as an urn or vault, for holding the bones of the dead.

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