- dead wagon
- conveyance for a coffin
- undertaker's limousine
- funeral coach
- funeral van
Other Word Forms of Hearse
Origin of Hearse
Middle English herse a harrow-shaped structure for holding candles over a coffin from Old French herce from Medieval Latin hercia from Latin hirpex hirpic- harrow probably from Oscan hirpus wolf (alluding to its teeth)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French herce, from Medieval Latin hercia, from Latin herpicem, hirpex; ultimately from Oscan (“wolf”), a reference to the teeth. The Oscan term is related to Latin hirsutus (“bristly, shaggy”).
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