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English definition of “sarcophagus”

sarcophagus

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