Cite

The Devil's Dictionary: Sarcophagus

by Ambrose Bierce
SALAMANDER
SATAN

SARCOPHAGUS

-n.

Among the Greeks a coffin which being made of a certain kind of carnivorous stone, had the peculiar property of devouring the body placed in it. The sarcophagus known to modern obsequiographers is commonly a product of the carpenter's art.

.com/t/lit/devils-dictionary/S/10.html