Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In zoology: Same as air-chamber, 4.
  • noun A little place or space; a cell; a chamberlet; generally, in bot., anat., and zoology, one of a number of small compartments or cells, separated from one another by septa, as in the tests of foraminifers; specifically, in corals, one of the spaces between the septa of the calcified cup or theca.
  • noun In ancient catacombs and tombs of some types, a small separate chamber or recess, for the reception of a body or of an urn, etc. When the body had been placed in the loculus the opening was closed with a slab of marble, or was otherwise built up. See cuts under cinerary and columbarium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the spaces between the septa in the Anthozoa.
  • noun (Bot.) One of the compartments of a several-celled ovary; loculament.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A little place or space; a cell; a chamberlet.
  • noun In ancient catacombs and tombs of some types, a small separate chamber or recess cut into the rock, for the reception of a body or urn.
  • noun zoology One of the spaces between the septa in the Anthozoa.
  • noun botany One of the compartments of a several-celled ovary; loculament.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small cavity or space within an organ or in a plant or animal

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Examples

  • It was then placed on a stone shelf or in a niche known as a loculus carved into the bedrock wall of the tomb.

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  • It was then placed on a stone shelf or in a niche known as a loculus carved into the bedrock wall of the tomb.

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  • A triple-coffin is constructed for the occupant of each loculus: a wooden box for the body is fully sealed inside a lead coffin (a plumber usually deals with the metalwork) and then placed inside a larger, decorative coffin.

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  • A triple-coffin is constructed for the occupant of each loculus: a wooden box for the body is fully sealed inside a lead coffin (a plumber usually deals with the metalwork) and then placed inside a larger, decorative coffin.

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  • Gibson spent several hours bent over on his hands and knees, squeezed into the narrow loculus.

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  • But finding a skeleton still laid out in a loculus and wrapped in its burial shroud was a first.

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  • But finding a skeleton still laid out in a loculus and wrapped in its burial shroud was a first.

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  • As described in the Introduction, the corpse was laid out in a shaft or loculus to decompose and after a year the bones were gathered and placed in an ossuary or separate niche.

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  • As described in the Introduction, the corpse was laid out in a shaft or loculus to decompose and after a year the bones were gathered and placed in an ossuary or separate niche.

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  • Also there were three skulls placed curiously on the floor of the tomb, each directly in front of a loculus or shaft holding ossuaries.

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