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English definition of “sarcophagus”

sarcophagus

noun [C]     /sɑːˈkɒf.ə.ɡəs/ US  /sɑːrˈkɑː.fə-/ (plural sarcophagi)
a stone coffin , which was used in ancient times and is often decorated Ancient history: before 500 ADBurying, cremating and preserving bodies
(Definition of sarcophagus noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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