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urn

[urn] /ɜrn/
noun
1.
a large or decorative vase, especially one with an ornamental foot or pedestal.
2.
a vase for holding the ashes of the cremated dead.
3.
a large metal container with a spigot, used for making or serving tea or coffee in quantity.
4.
Botany. the spore-bearing part of the capsule of a moss, between lid and seta.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English urne < Latin urna earthen vessel for ashes, water, etc., akin to urceus pitcher, Greek hýrchē jar
Related forms
urnlike, adjective
Can be confused
earn, urn.
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British Dictionary definitions for urnlike

urn

/ɜːn/
noun
1.
a vaselike receptacle or vessel, esp a large bulbous one with a foot
2.
a vase used as a receptacle for the ashes of the dead
3.
a large vessel, usually of metal, with a tap, used for making and holding tea, coffee, etc
4.
(botany) the spore-producing capsule of a moss
Derived Forms
urnlike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ūrna; related to Latin ūrere to burn, urceus pitcher, Greek hurkhē jar
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Word Origin and History for urnlike

urn

n.

late 14c., "vase used to preserve the ashes of the dead," from Latin urna "a jar, vessel," probably from earlier *urc-na, akin to urceus "pitcher, jug," and from the same source as Greek hyrke "earthen vessel." But another theory connects it to Latin urere "to burn" (cf. bust (n.1)).

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Related Abbreviations for urnlike

URN

universal resource name
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