ossuary 1650s, "an urn for the bones of the dead," from L.L. ossuarium "charnel house," from L. os "bone" (see OSSEOUS (Cf. osseous)) on model of mortuarium.

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  • Ossuary — in Hallstatt, Austria An ossuary is a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains. They are frequently used where burial space is scarce. A body is first buried in a temporary grave, then… …   Wikipedia

  • Ossuary — Os su*a*ry, n.; pl. { ries}. [L. ossuarium, fr. ossuarius of or bones, fr. os, ossis, bone: cf. F. ossuaire.] A place where the bones of the dead are deposited; a charnel house. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ossuary — [n] urn container, receptacle, vault, vessel; concept 494 …   New thesaurus

  • ossuary — [äs′yo͞o er΄ē] n. pl. ossuaries [LL ossuarium < ossuarius, of or for bones < L os: see OSSIFY] a container, as an urn or vault, for the bones of the dead …   English World dictionary

  • ossuary — noun (plural aries) Etymology: Late Latin ossuarium, from Latin, neuter of ossuarius of bones, from Old Latin ossua, plural of oss , os Date: 1658 a depository for the bones of the dead …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ossuary — /osh ooh er ee, os /, n., pl. ossuaries. a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead. Also, ossuarium. [1650 60; < LL ossuarium, var. of OSSARIUM, equiv. to oss (s. of os) bone + arium ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • ossuary — noun A container or receptacle, such as an urn or vault, for holding the bones of the dead …   Wiktionary

  • ossuary — Synonyms and related words: barrow, beehive tomb, bone house, bone pot, box grave, burial, burial chamber, burial mound, catacombs, cenotaph, charnel house, cinerary urn, cist, cist grave, cromlech, crypt, deep six, dokhma, dolmen, funeral urn,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • ossuary — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. urn, receptacle, vault. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A burial place or receptacle for human remains: catacomb, cinerarium, crypt, grave1, mausoleum, sepulcher, sepulture, tomb, vault1. See KEEP, PLACE …   English dictionary for students

  • ossuary — os·su·ar·y || É‘sjÊŠÉ™rɪ / É’s n. receptacle in which bones of the dead are stored …   English contemporary dictionary