Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among the Romans, one who carried out the dead in the evening for burial.
- n. historical One who carried out the dead bodies of the poor at night for burial.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) One who carried out the dead bodies of the poor at night for burial.
- Latin (Wiktionary)
“(_Necrophorus vespillo_) buries a mole of forty times its own size in two days in order to deposit its eggs in it and insure nourishment for the future brood (Gleditsch, _Physik.”
“Clairville," says the author, "reports that he saw a _Necrophorus vespillo_, who, wishing to bury a dead Mouse and finding the soil on which the body lay too hard, went to dig a hole at some distance, in soil more easily displaced.”
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