from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place for the burial of unknown or indigent persons.
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- n. A public place where strangers, paupers, and criminals are buried.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
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.