ossuary

[osh-oo-er-ee, os-]
noun, plural ossuaries.
a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead.
Also, ossuarium.


Origin:
1650–60; < Late Latin ossuārium, variant of ossārium, equivalent to oss- (stem of os) bone + -ārium -ary

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ossuary (ˈɒsjʊərɪ)
 
n , pl -aries
any container for the burial of human bones, such as an urn or vault
 
[C17: from Late Latin ossuārium, from Latin os bone]

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ossuary
1658, "an urn for the bones of the dead," from L.L. ossuarium "charnel house," from L. os "bone" (see osseous) on model of mortuarium.
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Their finds included an ossuary, that is, a large pit with human remains.
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