[kol-uh m-bair-ee-uh m] /ˌkɒl əmˈbɛər i əm/

noun, plural columbaria
[kol-uh m-bair-ee-uh] /ˌkɒl əmˈbɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
a sepulchral vault or other structure with recesses in the walls to receive the ashes of the dead.
any one of these recesses.
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
another name for a dovecote
a vault having niches for funeral urns
a hole in a wall into which a beam is inserted

“subterranean sepulchre in ancient Roman places with niches for urns holding remains,” neuter of Latin columbarius, “dove-cote” (so called from resemblance), literally “pertaining to doves;” from columba “dove.” Literal sense of “dove-cote” is attested in English from 1881.


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