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catafalque


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catafalque  \Cat"a*falque`\,  n.  [F.,  fr  It  catafalco,  scaffold, 
  funeral  canopy;  of  uncertain  origin;  cf  Sp  catafalso, 
  cadahalso  cadalso  Pr  casafalc  OF  chafaut  Cf 
  {Scaffold}.] 
  A  temporary  structure  sometimes  used  in  the  funeral 
  solemnities  of  eminent  persons,  for  the  public  exhibition  of 
  the  remains,  or  their  conveyance  to  the  place  of  burial. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catafalque 
  n  :  a  decorated  bier  on  which  a  coffin  rests  in  state  during  a 
  funeral 




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