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Governor John R. Tanner's tomb

From Old French tombe, from Latin tumba from Ancient Greek τύμβος (túmbos, a sepulchral mound, tomb, grave), probably from Proto-Indo-European *tewh₂- (to swell).



tomb (plural tombs)

  1. A small building (or "vault") for the remains of the dead, with walls, a roof, and (if it is to be used for more than one corpse) a door. It may be partly or wholly in the ground (except for its entrance) in a cemetery, or it may be inside a church proper or in its crypt. Single tombs may be permanently sealed; those for families (or other groups) have doors for access whenever needed.
  2. A pit in which the dead body of a human being is deposited; a grave.
    • Shakespeare
      As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.
  3. One who keeps secrets.

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tomb (third-person singular simple present tombs, present participle tombing, simple past and past participle tombed)

  1. (transitive) To bury.