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(sárx, 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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