catafalque









catafalque


noun

  1. a raised structure on which the body of a deceased person lies or is carried in state.
  2. a hearse.

noun

  1. a temporary raised platform on which a body lies in state before or during a funeral
n.

1640s, from French catafalque (17c.), from Italian catafalco “scaffold,” from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum, from Greek kata- “down” (see cata-), used in Medieval Latin with a sense of “beside, alongside” + fala “scaffolding, wooden siege tower,” a word said to be of Etruscan origin. The Medieval Latin word also yielded Old French chaffaut, chafaud (Modern French ├ęchafaud) “scaffold.”

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