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Meaning of sarcophagus

sar•coph•a•gus

Pronunciation: (sär-kof'u-gus), [key]
— pl. -gi -gus•es.
  1. a stone coffin, esp. one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument.
  2. a kind of stone thought to consume the flesh of corpses, used for coffins.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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