noun (plural sarcophagi /-ˌjī/)
- A stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription and associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece.More example sentences
- it was decided that a stone sarcophagus - not previously used for kings - should be installed.
- The centre of the room is now occupied by the quartzite sarcophagus containing the outermost coffin.
- One day, you're bouncing on top of a camel and climbing inside the Great Pyramid to eye the stone sarcophagus of Pharaoh Cheops.
late Middle English: via Latin from Greek sarkophagos 'flesh-consuming', from sarx, sark- 'flesh' + -phagos '-eating'.
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