from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A building or other structure in which the bodies of the dead may be placed temporarily when it is impossible or inconvenient to inter them in the usual manner.
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He emerged triumphant from the receiving-vault of the Vice-Presidency, where his enemies supposed they had laid him away for good.
The air was the air of a receiving-vault, and held the odor of a fisherman's creel.
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