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 (kŏl′əm-bâr′ē-əm) also col·um·bar·y (kŏl′əm-bĕr′ē)
n. pl. col·um·bar·i·a (-ē-ə) also col·um·bar·ies
a. A vault with niches for urns containing ashes of the dead.
b. One of the niches in such a vault.
a. A dovecote.
b. A pigeonhole in a dovecote.

[Latin columbārium, sepulchre for urns, dovecote, from columba, dove.]


n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
1. (Architecture) another name for a dovecote
2. (Architecture) a vault having niches for funeral urns
3. (Building) a hole in a wall into which a beam is inserted
[C18: from Latin, from columba dove]


(ˌkɒl əmˈbɛər i əm)

n., pl. -bar•i•a (-ˈbɛər i ə)
1. a sepulchral vault or other structure with recesses in the walls to receive the ashes of the dead.
2. any one of these recesses.
[1840–50; < Latin: literally, a nesting box for pigeons <columb(a) pigeon, dove]


a vault where the remains of cremated bodies are kept, usually in one of a number of recesses in a wall.
See also: Burial, Death
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.columbarium - a birdhouse for pigeonscolumbarium - a birdhouse for pigeons    
birdhouse - a shelter for birds
2.columbarium - a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated deadcolumbarium - a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead
niche, recess - an enclosure that is set back or indented
3.columbarium - a sepulchral vault or other structure having recesses in the walls to receive cinerary urns
burial vault, vault - a burial chamber (usually underground)
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The Chief Executive has appointed 28 persons, on an ad personam basis, as panel members of the Private Columbaria Appeal Board for a three-year term from September 29, 2017, to September 28, 2020.
Thankfully, funeral parlors have devised civilized and sanitized ways of dealing with 'cremains,' such as columbaria.
As at 31 March 2014, approximately 143,952 square meters had been developed as a cemetery which includes burial sites, a green zone and amenities, including approximately 1,433 sets of tombs and 4,500 columbaria and niches completed and ready-for-sale.
Conseguently, most Catholic cemeteries now have columbaria where ashes can be interred, and some religious communities who traditionally sustained themselves making caskets have started making urns as well.
Among the topics are modern kinship studies and the ancient family, Greco-Roman families and political demography theory, the language of the oikos and the language of power in the Seleucid Kingdom, the evidence of funerary epigrams on women in the Hellenistic family, reinterpreting the aristocratic columbaria of early imperial Rome, and the future of the ancient Greek family.
So far, the campaign has raised $5,500; with no goal sum set, any additional funds will go toward the construction of additional columbaria for the poor and unclaimed, as the April service will be only the beginning.
The $6,948,365 grant will fund construction of the main entrance, an administration building, a maintenance facility, roads, an assembly area, a committal service shelter, pre-placed crypts, burial areas for cremated remains, traditional burial areas, columbaria for cremated remains, landscaping, a memorial walkway and supporting infrastructure.
Traffic in areas near cemeteries and churches hosting columbaria are expected to be heavy during the three-day period.
After agreeing future discounts with their supplier, Columbaria, who work in partnership with the council on memorial schemes they hope this loss will be reduced to pounds 6,000.
How else to explain the growing trend, which recently arrived in Arkansas, of building columbaria on college campuses to receive the ashen remains of alumni?
I acquired this little beauty at a parish bazaar and so cannot be certain of its name, though it appears to be the variety 'Butterfly Blue,' a hybrid of Scabiosa columbaria.
Above-ground columbaria niches range from $450 to $1,500 per person