Sarcophagus meaning

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A stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture.
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Among the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, a limestone coffin or tomb, often inscribed and elaborately ornamented.
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Any stone coffin, esp. one on display, as in a monumental tomb.
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(informal) The cement and steel structure that encases the destroyed reactor at the power station in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
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Origin of sarcophagus

  • Latin from Greek sarkophagos coffin from (lithos) sarkophagos limestone that consumed the flesh of corpses laid in it sarx sark- flesh -phagos -phagous

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

  • From French sarcophage, from Latin sarcophagus, from Ancient Greek σαρκοφάγος (sarkophagos, “coffin of limestone", noun), so named from a supposed property of consuming the flesh of corpses laid in it, from σαρκοφάγος (sarkophagos, “flesh-eating, carnivorous"), from genitive σαρκός (sarkos) of σάρξ (sarks, “flesh, meat") + -φάγος (-phagos) (from ἔφαγον (ephagon), past of φαγεῖν (phagein, “to eat"))

    From Wiktionary