Definition of tower of silence in English:

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tower of silence

noun

A tall open-topped structure on which Parsees traditionally place and leave exposed the body of someone who has died.
Example sentences
  • The dead are exposed on ‘towers of silence’ where they are consumed by awaiting vultures.
  • These are pictures of the rotting dead bodies of Parsees from the insides of the towers of silence in Mumbai.
  • Their bodies may be buried or cremated or disposed of on the tower of silence, according to the rites of their respective religions or according to any desire expressed by them during their lifetimes.

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