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columbarium

[kol-uh m-bair-ee-uh m] /ˌkɒl əmˈbɛər i əm/
noun, plural columbaria
[kol-uh m-bair-ee-uh] /ˌkɒl əmˈbɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a sepulchral vault or other structure with recesses in the walls to receive the ashes of the dead.
2.
any one of these recesses.
3.
Origin of columbarium
1840-1850
1840-50; < Latin: literally, a nesting box for pigeons, equivalent to columb(a) pigeon, dove + -ārium -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for columbarium

columbarium

/ˌkɒləmˈbɛərɪəm/
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
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
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from columba dove
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Word Origin and History for columbarium
n.

"subterranean sepulchre in ancient Roman places with niches for urns holding remains," neuter of Latin columbarius, "dove-cote" (so called from resemblance), literally "pertaining to doves;" from columba "dove." Literal sense of "dove-cote" is attested in English from 1881.

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