n. pl. mor·tu·ar·ies
A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.
1. Of or relating to burial practices.
2. Relating to or characteristic of death.
[Middle English mortuarie, gift to a parish priest from the estate of the deceased, funeral service, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin mortuārium, receptacle for dead things, neuter of mortuārius, of the dead, from mortuus, dead, past participle of morī, to die; see mer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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