From Latin epicēdīum, from Ancient Greek ἐπικήδειον (epikḗdeion), neuter singular form of ἐπικήδειος (epikḗdeios), from ἐπί (epí, “upon”) + κῆδος (kêdos, “care”).
epicede (plural epicedes or epicedia)
- An elegy; an ode to someone deceased.
1875, Algernon Charles Swinburne, 'George Chapman: A Critical Essay, page 139:
"This epicede, longer and more ornate than that issued two years before on Prince Henry, is neither much worse nor much better in substance and in style."