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Saturday & Sunday Word: Catafalque & Exequies

cat·a·falque [ˈkætəˌfælk]:
origin: (1635–45) French; via Italian; catafalco= "scaffold"

noun
A raised platform (often fanciful or draped in cloth) that supports the coffin and/or body of the deceased during a funeral service. In a Catholic funeral, it is used to symbolize the person over whom Absolution of the dead is being said.


President Lincoln's ornate catafalque


ex·e·quy [ˈɛksɪkwɪz]:
origin: (1350-1400) Middle English; via Latin exequiae= "to follow to the end"

noun
Funeral rites and ceremonies.

*Both of these words came from “The Funeral” by Richard Matheson.
Tags: french, italian, latin, middle english, noun, wordsmith: theidolhands
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