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sepulcher

[sep-uh l-ker] /ˈsɛp əl kər/
noun
1.
a tomb, grave, or burial place.
2.
Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical.
  1. a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
  2. 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
1150-1200; Middle English sepulcre < Old French < Latin sepulcrum, equivalent to sepul- (variant stem of sepelīre to bury) + -crum noun suffix of place
Related forms
unsepulcher, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. vault, mausoleum, crypt.
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British Dictionary definitions for sepulcher

sepulchre

/ˈsɛpəlkə/
noun
1.
a burial vault, tomb, or grave
2.
Also called Easter sepulchre. a separate alcove in some medieval churches in which the Eucharistic elements were kept from Good Friday until the Easter ceremonies
verb
3.
(transitive) to bury in a sepulchre
Word Origin
C12: from Old French sépulcre, from Latin sepulcrum, from sepelīre to bury
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Word Origin and History for sepulcher
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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