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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman mortuarie (gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner), from Medieval Latin mortuārium (receptacle for the dead; mortuary), neuter form of mortuārius (of or pertaining to the dead), from Latin mortuus, perfect passive participle of morior (I die).

AdjectiveEdit

mortuary (not comparable)

  1. of, or relating to death or a funeral; funereal

NounEdit

mortuary (plural mortuaries)

  1. A place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation.
  2. (historical) A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner.

SynonymsEdit

  • (place where corpses are stored): morgue (now chiefly law and law enforcement)
  • (ecclesiastical heriot): soulscot

See alsoEdit

  • (room in a mortuary where corpses are placed under a rinsing shower): lavatory

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