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potter's field

n.
A place for the burial of unknown or indigent persons.

[From the potter's field mentioned in Matthew 27:7.]

potter's field

n
1. US a cemetery where the poor or unidentified are buried at the public expense
2. (Bible) New Testament the land bought by the Sanhedrin with the money paid for the betrayal of Jesus (which Judas had returned to them) to be used as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor (Acts 1:19; Matthew 27:7)

pot′ter's field′


n.
(sometimes caps.)
a burial place for unidentified persons and the poor. Matt. 27:7.
[1526 (Tindale)]
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Noun1.potter's field - a cemetery for unknown or indigent peoplepotter's field - a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
References in classic literature ?
In the register of the potter's field I shall soon have both.
It's quite clear her heart is as insensible to eloquence and poetry, as a Potter's Field wall, and it might answer to try her with a little truth.
Ona was not yet buried; but the police had been notified, and on the morrow they would put the body in a pine coffin and take it to the potter's field.