American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A place for the burial of unknown or indigent persons.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a public burial place, especially in a city, for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals; -- so named from the field south of Jerusalem, mentioned in Matt. xxvii. 7.
- n. a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
- This phrase derives from the reference to the potter's field in the New Testament, Matthew 27:7: ‘And they took counsel, and baught with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.’ (King James Version) (Wiktionary)
- From the potter's field mentioned in Matthew 27:7. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Testament, as we gather from the (Aramaic) name Haceldama (Matt., xxvii, 18; Acts, i, 19) given to the potter's field bought with blood-money.”
“After this the Evangelist goes on to tell how the priests, who scrupled to put the money in the corbona because it was the price of blood, spent it in buying the potter's field for the burial of strangers, which for this cause was called the field of blood.”
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