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Coffin

[kaw-fin, kof-in] /ˈkɔ fɪn, ˈkɒf ɪn/
noun
1.
Levi, 1798–1877, U.S. abolitionist leader.
2.
Robert P(eter) Tristram, 1892–1955, U.S. poet, essayist, and biographer.
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British Dictionary definitions for r. peter tristram coffin

coffin

/ˈkɒfɪn/
noun
1.
a box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
2.
the part of a horse's foot that contains the coffin bone
verb
3.
(transitive) to place in or as in a coffin
4.
(engineering) another name for flask (sense 6)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cofin, from Latin cophinus basket; see coffer
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Word Origin and History for r. peter tristram coffin

coffin

n.

early 14c., "chest or box for valuables," from Old French cofin "sarcophagus," earlier "basket, coffer" (12c., Modern French coffin), from Latin cophinus "basket, hamper" (source of Italian cafano, Spanish cuebano "basket"), from Greek kophinos "a basket," of uncertain origin.

Funeral sense in English is 1520s; before that it was the literal Latin one and had also a meaning of "pie crust" (late 14c.). Meaning "vehicle regarded as unsafe" is from 1830s. Coffin nail "cigarette" is slang from 1880; nail in (one's) coffin "thing that contributes to one's death" is from 1792.

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Slang definitions & phrases for r. peter tristram coffin

coffin

noun
  1. A ship regarded as unsafe; later, any unsafe vehicle (1830s+)
  2. A tank or armored car (WWII Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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r. peter tristram coffin in the Bible

used in Gen. 50:26 with reference to the burial of Joseph. Here, it means a mummy-chest. The same Hebrew word is rendered "chest" in 2 Kings 12:9, 10.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for r. peter tristram coffin

coffin

the receptacle in which a corpse is confined. The Greeks and Romans disposed of their dead both by burial and by cremation. Greek coffins were urn-shaped, hexagonal, or triangular, with the body arranged in a sitting posture. The material used was generally burnt clay and in some cases had obviously been molded around the body and baked. In the Christian era stone coffins came into use. Romans who were rich enough had their coffins made of a limestone brought from Assus, in Asia Minor, which was commonly believed to "eat" the body

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