Part of speech: noun

A stone coffin or chest like tomb.

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Usage examples "sarcophagus":

  1. Near the Shuneh I observed a very large sarcophagus, cut in the solid rock, but not so far finished as to allow of its being removed. - "Byeways in Palestine", James Finn.
  2. I bought a cover of a sarcophagus adorned with sculpture, and a well preserved sphinx; but it was not convenient for the Wallachian who was moving them to lift them whole, so he broke the statues in five or six pieces that he might carry them in his cart more easily. - "The Golden Age in Transylvania", Mór Jókai.
  3. The tomb is built of red sandstone and marble; the sarcophagus is in the centre, and is of pale marble. - "Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official", William Sleeman.