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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 rp 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 rp tristram coffin
coffin
early 14c., from O.Fr. cofin "sarcophagus," earlier "basket, coffer," from L. cophinus "basket," from Gk. kophinos "a basket," of uncertain origin. Funeral sense in Eng. is 1520s; before that it was literal and had also a meaning of "pie crust." Coffin nail "cigarette" is slang from 1880.
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Slang definitions & phrases for rp 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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rp 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 rp 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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