Definition of sarcophagus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//sɑːˈkɒfəɡəs//
; NAmE NAmE//sɑːrˈkɑːfəɡəs//
(pl. sarcophagi
BrE BrE//sɑːˈkɒfəɡaɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//sɑːrˈkɑːfəɡaɪ//
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a stone coffin (= box that a dead person is buried in), especially one that is decorated, used in ancient times See related entries: Death Word Origin late Middle English: via Latin from Greek sarkophagos ‘flesh-consuming’, from sarx, sark- ‘flesh’ + -phagos ‘-eating’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sarcophagus