from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In archœol., a burial-chamber having round its walls loculi or compartments for the reception of the dead. See catacomb.
  • noun A mortuary chapel attached to a church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small room, especially a bedroom, typically those small rooms found on the upper floor of a Roman house.
  • noun A small room carved out of the wall of a catacomb, used as mortuary chapels, and in Roman times, for Christian worship.


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From Latin cubiculum ("bedroom"), from cubō ("lie down")


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