Definitions

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  • n. One who carried out the dead bodies of the poor at night for burial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who carried out the dead bodies of the poor at night for burial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the Romans, one who carried out the dead in the evening for burial.

Etymologies

Latin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (_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.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • "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.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

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