from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A container or receptacle, such as an urn or a vault, for holding the bones of the dead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A container or receptacle, such as an urn or vault, for holding the bones of the dead.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place where the bones of the dead are deposited; a charnel house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place where the bones of the dead are deposited; a charnel-house.
- n. A vase, casket, or other vessel for the reception of the bones or calcined remains of the dead.
- n. A bone-cave, or deposit formed largely of bones, belonging to late geological times.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any receptacle for the burial of human bones
Late Latin ossuārium, from neuter of Latin ossuārius, of bones, from os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin ossuārium ("charnel house"), from ossuārius ("of or for bones"), from compound of Latin os ("bone") + adjectival suffix -ārius ("of, related to"). (Wiktionary)