Ossuary meaning

ŏsho͝o-ĕrē, ŏsyo͝o-
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A container or receptacle, such as an urn or a vault, for holding the bones of the dead.
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A container, as an urn or vault, for the bones of the dead.
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A container, receptacle, or building, such as an urn or vault, for holding the bones of the dead.
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Origin of ossuary

  • Late Latin ossuārium from neuter of Latin ossuārius of bones from os oss- bone ost- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin ossuārium (“charnel house"), from ossuārius (“of or for bones"), from compound of Latin os (“bone") + adjectival suffix -ārius (“of, related to").

    From Wiktionary