cistic

cist

2 [sist, kist]
noun
a prehistoric sepulchral tomb or casket.
Also, kist.


Origin:
1795–1805; < Welsh < Latin cista. See cist1

cisted, adjective
cistic, adjective
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cist1 (sɪst)
 
n
a wooden box for holding ritual objects used in ancient Rome and Greece
 
[C19: from Latin cista box, chest, basket, from Greek kistē]

cist or kist2 (sɪst)
 
n
archaeol a box-shaped burial chamber made from stone slabs or a hollowed tree trunk
 
[C19: from Welsh: chest, from Latin cista box; see cist1]
 
kist or kist2
 
n
 
[C19: from Welsh: chest, from Latin cista box; see cist1]

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cist
"sepulchral chest or chamber," 1804, in some cases from L. cista, from Gk. kiste "box, chest" (see chest); in some cases from Welsh cist in cist faen "stone coffin."
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