Coffin



[kaw-fin, kof-in] /ˈkɔ fɪn, ˈkɒf ɪn/

noun
1.
the box or case in which the body of a dead person is placed for burial; casket.
2.
the part of a horse’s foot containing the coffin bone.
3.
Printing.

verb (used with object)
4.
to put or enclose in or as in a coffin.
[kaw-fin, kof-in] /ˈkɔ fɪn, ˈkɒf ɪn/
noun
1.
Levi, 1798–1877, U.S. abolitionist leader.
2.
Robert P(eter) Tristram, 1892–1955, U.S. poet, essayist, and biographer.
/ˈkɒfɪn/
noun
1.
a box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
2.
the part of a horse’s foot that contains the coffin bone
verb
3.
(transitive) to place in or as in a coffin
4.
(engineering) another name for flask (sense 6)
n.

early 14c., “chest or box for valuables,” from Old French cofin “sarcophagus,” earlier “basket, coffer” (12c., Modern French coffin), from Latin cophinus “basket, hamper” (source of Italian cafano, Spanish cuebano “basket”), from Greek kophinos “a basket,” of uncertain origin.

Funeral sense in English is 1520s; before that it was the literal Latin one and had also a meaning of “pie crust” (late 14c.). Meaning “vehicle regarded as unsafe” is from 1830s. Coffin nail “cigarette” is slang from 1880; nail in (one’s) coffin “thing that contributes to one’s death” is from 1792.

noun

used in Gen. 50:26 with reference to the burial of Joseph. Here, it means a mummy-chest. The same Hebrew word is rendered “chest” in 2 Kings 12:9, 10.

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