easter-sepulcher

Easter sepulcher

noun
sepulcher ( def 2 ).
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sepulcher

[sep-uhl-ker]
noun
1.
a tomb, grave, or burial place.
2.
Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical.
a.
a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
b.
a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.
verb (used with object)
3.
to place in a sepulcher; bury.
Also, especially British, sepulchre.


Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English sepulcre < Old French < Latin sepulcrum, equivalent to sepul- (variant stem of sepelīre to bury) + -crum noun suffix of place

unsepulcher, verb (used with object)


1. vault, mausoleum, crypt.
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sepulcher
c.1200, "tomb, burial place," esp. the cave where Jesus was buried outside Jerusalem (Holy Sepulcher or Saint Sepulcher), from O.Fr. sepulcre (11c.), from L. sepulcrum "grave, tomb," from root of sepelire "to bury," originally "to perform rituals on a corpse" (cf. Skt. saparyati "honors"). No reason
for the -ch- spelling. Sepulchral "gloomy" is from 1711.
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