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Sarcophagus

sarcophagus is a stone coffin. The plural form in Latin is sarcophagi, and in English it is sarcophaguses. Both are correct, though sarcophagi is by far the more accepted spelling.

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The original Greek word sarkophagos meant “eating flesh”, and was usually paired with the word lithos or stone. They thought a certain kind of limestone of the coffin was responsible for dissolving the corpse inside. Soon sarkophagos by itself was used for any kind of coffin.

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