os·su·ar·y (ŏsh-ĕr′ē, ŏsy-)
n. pl. os·su·ar·ies
A container or receptacle, such as an urn or a vault, for holding the bones of the dead.
[Late Latin ossuārium, from neuter of Latin ossuārius, of bones, from os, oss-, bone; see ost- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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