sarcophagus

Definitions

  • the Granite Sarcophagus of Mykerinos
    the Granite Sarcophagus of Mykerinos
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sarcophagus a stone coffin (usually bearing sculpture or inscriptions)
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SARCOPHAGUS, OR COFFIN SARCOPHAGUS, OR COFFIN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sarcophagus A coffin or chest-shaped tomb of the kind of stone described above; hence, any stone coffin.
    • Sarcophagus A species of limestone used among the Greeks for making coffins, which was so called because it consumed within a few weeks the flesh of bodies deposited in it. It is otherwise called lapis Assius, or Assian stone, and is said to have been found at Assos, a city of Lycia.
    • Sarcophagus A stone shaped like a sarcophagus and placed by a grave as a memorial.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sarcophagus A species of stone used among the Greeks for making coffins. It was called by the Romans lapis Assius, from being found at Assos, a city of the Troad.
    • n sarcophagus A stone coffin, especially one ornamented with sculptures or bearing inscriptions, etc. Sarcophagi were in use from very early Egyptian and Oriental antiquity down to the fall of the Roman empire. Many Greek and Roman examples are magnificent in their rich carvings, and a few are of high importance as preserving in their decoration almost the chief remains of purely Greek painting in colors. Although now uncommon, they are sometimes used, especially for the burial of distinguished persons whose tombs are more or less monumental. See also cuts under bacchante and Etruscan.
    • n sarcophagus A peculiar wine-cooler forming part of a dining-room sideboard about the end of the eighteenth century: it was a dark mahogany box, lined with lead.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sarcophagus sär-kof′a-gus a kind of limestone used by the Greeks for coffins, and so called because it was thought to consume the flesh of corpses: any stone receptacle for a corpse: an 18th-century form of wine-cooler
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. sarkofa`gos, properly, eating flesh; sa`rx sa`rkos, flesh + fagei^n to eat. Cf. Sarcasm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. sarkophagossarx, flesh, phagein, eat.

Usage

In literature:

Arrived at the top, she seated herself upon the broad slab of a sarcophagus.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
When she again looked up and glanced towards the woman in the brown mantle, she perceived that the place by the sarcophagus was empty.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
The principal part of the monument at the Invalides is the sarcophagus.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Take her to Teja at the sarcophagus.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
Within lay a sarcophagus covered with a dark pall of velvet, surmounted by a large crimson cross.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
A black-robed figure hid the sarcophagus from Gaar's view.
"Day of the Druid" by Knut Enferd
We looked down into a deep well or pit, about fifty feet deep, and there we saw a large black sarcophagus.
"What We Saw in Egypt" by Anonymous
The glory of life had departed, and day after day I swooned upon the sarcophagus that held my treasure, my life.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
The "mummy" thus prepared was then laid on its side like a sleeper, the head supported by a head-rest, in a sarcophagus of wood or stone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Then we saw sarcophagus or some of the remains dating back to 136.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
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In poetry:

As if your fed sarcophagus
Spared flesh and skin,
You come back face to face with us,
The same Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Huge and half-shaped, like a block
Chosen for sarcophagus
By a Pharaoh glorious,
One rude solitary rock.
"Brother Artist" by George MacDonald
Till from each black sarcophagus rose up the
painted swathed dead?
Or did you lure unto your bed the ivory-horned
Tragelaphos?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
The name of God, one hundred times save one,
On the sarcophagus, by cunning hand,
Then lined with gold ere they pronounced it done;
But then the grandest tomb in any land.
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant
"Of pure white marble shall its walls be built,
Adorned with gold, and earth's most costly gems;
Each minaret shall glow like jewelled hilt,
Sarcophagus surpass kings' diadems.
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

The vessels brought in supplies to build the shelter known as the "Sarcophagus" designed to keep the radiation from the still molten remnants of Reactor #4 contained.
Believing that some snakes spoke the Semitic language of the Canaanites, Egyptians included the magic spells in inscriptions on two sides of the sarcophagus in an effort to ward them off.
Niagara Gazette — Beneath the towering pillars of the Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial Monument there sits a dark sarcophagus that bear the names of those who have given their lives in service to our nation.
Today's Cartoons: Tyranny rises from the sarcophagus .
I was just thinking there are not near enough facially hirsute animated men singing about them songs about Egyptian sarcophaguses sarcophagi .
Theres A Sarcophagus In Egypt With Your Name On It.
Workers prepare to place a 19th century iron sarcophagus in a Stokes basket Monday night for a trip to the Madison County morgue.
Sarcophagus Treasure and Spirits Click to enlarge.
Chernobyl reactor 'sarcophagus' rises.
The earliest records of male circumcision date back to Egypt's sixth dynasty, with an image on a sarcophagus depicting males being circumcised before entering the priesthood.
Customs officers in Laredo have seized two stolen Egyptian sarcophagus-type artifacts and are working on getting them back to Egypt .
Sarcophagus offered in Thanksgiving auction holds $65K high estimate.
We've seen animals immortalized in the art world — most memorably, a cat sarcophagus in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Tut blockbuster last fall — and we've covered myriad animal benefits in town.
It is unfortunate that Leo Steinberg's brilliant demolition of Liebert's psychoanalytical analysis of Michelangelo should be marred by gross mistranslations of the description of the Medea sarcophagus.
The sarcophagus for Prince Thutmose's cat is part of the King Tut exhibit in Seattle.
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In science:

For example, it is possible to write necessary conditions for constructing the sarcophagus so that a release will necessarily occur, but it is more than difficult to write “sufficient conditions” for ensuring that no release will occur.
Thermo- and gas-dynamical processes in NPPs after accidents
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