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epicedium

[ep-uh-see-dee-uh m, -si-dahy-uh m] /ˌɛp əˈsi di əm, -sɪˈdaɪ əm/
noun, plural epicedia
[ep-uh-see-dee-uh, -si-dahy-uh] /ˌɛp əˈsi di ə, -sɪˈdaɪ ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a funeral song; dirge.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Neo-Latin < Greek epikḗdeion, noun use of neuter of epikḗdeios of a funeral, equivalent to epi- epi- + kēde- (stem of kêdos care, sorrow) + -ios adj. suffix
Related forms
epicedial, epicedian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epicedium

epicedium

/ˌɛpɪˈsiːdɪəm/
noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
1.
(rare) a funeral ode
Word Origin
C16: Latin, from Greek epikēdeion, from epi- + kédos care
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