Other Word Forms
Origin of sacrum
- New Latin from Late Latin (os) sacrum sacred (bone), sacrum (translation of Greek hieron (osteon) sacred (bone)) (so called from the use of the sacrum and coccyx of sacrificed animals in divination) neuter of Latin sacer sacred, holy sacred
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin ōs sacrum (“holy bone"), translation of Ancient Greek ἱερόν (hieron) ὀστέον (hieron osteon). Called so either because supposedly sacrum was the part of an animal offered in sacrifice or because of the belief that the soul of the man resides there.