catafalque[kat′ə falk′, -fôlk′]
catafalque definition by Webster's New World
- a wooden framework, usually draped, on which the body in a coffin lies in state during an elaborate funeral
- R.C.Ch. a coffinlike structure used to represent the dead at a requiem Mass after the actual burial
Origin: French ; from Italian catafalco, funeral canopy, stage; probably ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form catafalicum, scaffold ; from cata- (; from Classical Greek kata, down) plush an unverified form falicum ; from Classical Latin fala, wooden tower
catafalque definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A decorated platform or framework on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral.
- Roman Catholic Church A coffin-shaped structure draped with a pall, used to represent the corpse at a requiem Mass celebrated after the burial.
Origin: French, from Italian catafalco.