Potter-s-field meaning

A place for the burial of unknown or indigent persons.
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A burial ground for paupers or unknown persons.
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(idiomatic) A public place where strangers, paupers, and criminals are buried.
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Origin of potter-s-field

  • From the potter's field mentioned in Matthew 27:7
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • This phrase derives from the reference to the potter's field in the New Testament, Matthew 27:7: "˜And they took counsel, and baught with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.' (King James Version)
    From Wiktionary