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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The practice of killing persons for the purpose of selling the bodies for dissection.
  • noun Killing by suffocation; figuratively, a private suppression of a proposition, bill, or the like.
  • noun Specifically, in medicine, suffocation due to tonic spasm of the muscles of respiration.

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  • verb Present participle of burke.

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