Variant of sarcophagus
- among the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, a limestone coffin or tomb, often inscribed and elaborately ornamented
- any stone coffin, esp. one on display, as in a monumental tomb
Origin: L from Glassical Greek sarkophagos from sarx, flesh (see sarcasm) plush phagein, to eat (see -phagous): because the limestone caused rapid disintegration of the contents
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