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barrow2 a burial mound.
bier a frame or stand on which a corpse, sometimes in a coffin, is laid prior to burial.
catacomb (usu. pl.) an underground burial tunnel, lined by recesses for the tombs. [2 definitions]
cemetery a burial ground, esp. one that is not connected to a church; graveyard.
cerecloth a fabric coated with wax in order to render it waterproof, formerly used for wrapping the dead before burial. [1/2 definitions]
crypt a burial chamber or underground vault, esp. one beneath a church.
disinter to dig up or remove from a place of burial; exhume. [1/2 definitions]
embalm to treat (a corpse) with preservatives before burial. [1/3 definitions]
entomb to function as a place of burial for. [1/2 definitions]
funeral a ceremony for a dead person, sometimes including burial or cremation. [1/2 definitions]
funeral home an establishment where the bodies of the dead are made ready for burial or cremation and where funeral services are sometimes held.
gravesite the location of a grave or graves; a place of burial.
hearse a vehicle for carrying a dead person to a burial site.
interdict in the Roman Catholic Church, the withdrawal of sacraments and the right to a Christian burial as a means of censuring. [1/4 definitions]
interment the act or ritual of placing in a grave or tomb; burial.
lie in state of a corpse, to be exhibited in public prior to burial so that others may pay their respects.
mastaba an ancient Egyptian tomb, built over a mummy chamber or burial pit, which has a rectangular base, inwardly sloping sides, and a flat roof.
morgue a place in which dead bodies are stored pending identification, autopsy, or burial. [1/2 definitions]
mortuary a place, usu. a funeral home, where dead human bodies are kept before burial or cremation. [2 definitions]
Mound Builders the early Indian peoples of North America who built extensive burial mounds, mainly in the Mississippi Valley.
necropolis a burial place, esp. a large cemetery of an ancient city.