Meaning of tower of silence

tow'er of si'lence

Pronunciation: (tou'ur), [key]
  1. a circular stone platform, typically 30 ft. (9.1 m) in height, on which the Parsees of India leave their dead to be devoured by vultures. Also called dakhma.
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