Catafalque

A catafalque is a raised bier, box, or similar platform, often movable, that is used to support the casket, coffin, or body of the deceased during a funeral or memorial service. Following a Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, a catafalque may be used to stand in place of the body at the Absolution of the dead or used during Masses of the Dead and All Sou...
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Catafalque

• (n.) A temporary structure sometimes used in the funeral solemnities of eminent persons, for the public exhibition of the remains, or their conveyance to the place of burial.
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catafalque

noun a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
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Catafalque

Cat'a·falque` noun [ French, from Italian catafalco , scaffold, funeral canopy; of uncertain origin; confer Spanish catafalso , cadahalso , cadalso , Pr. casafalc , Old French chafaut . Confer Scaffold .] A temporary structure sometimes used in the fu...
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Catafalque

A catafalque is a temporary and ornamental structure, representing a tomb, placed over the coffin of a distinguished person or over a grave.
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catafalque

ornate, often theatrical, usually movable funereal structure mounted on a stage to support a coffin for a lying-in-state. It is used for royalty and ...
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catafalque

temporary tomb used in funerals and processions
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catafalque

[n] - a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
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