noun, plural columbaria [kol-uhm-bair-ee-uh] .
a sepulchral vault or other structure with recesses in the walls to receive the ashes of the dead.
any one of these recesses.

1840–50; < Latin: literally, a nesting box for pigeons, equivalent to columb(a) pigeon, dove + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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columbarium (ˌkɒləmˈbɛərɪəm)
n , pl -ia
1.  another name for a dovecote
2.  a vault having niches for funeral urns
3.  a hole in a wall into which a beam is inserted
[C18: from Latin, from columba dove]

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"subterranean sepulchre in ancient Roman places with niches for urns holding remains," neut. of L. columbarius, "dove-cote" (so called from resemblance), lit. "pertaining to doves;" from columba "dove." Lit. sense of "dove-cote" is attested from 1881 in Eng.
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