Pronunciation: (sär-kof'u-gus), [key]
—pl. -giPronunciation: (-jī"), [key] -gus•es.
1. a stone coffin, esp. one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument.
2. Gk. Antiq.a kind of stone thought to consume the flesh of corpses, used for coffins.
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