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A wicker receptacle used in ancient Rome for carrying sacred utensils in a procession.
[Latin cista, from Greek kistē.]
cist 2(sĭst, kĭst) also kist (kĭst)
A stone-lined grave, especially a tomb consisting of a pit lined with stones and often having a lid of stone or wood.
[Short for Welsh cist faen, stone chest : cist, chest (ultimately from Latin cista, box; see cist1) + maen, stone.]
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(Historical Terms) a wooden box for holding ritual objects used in ancient Rome and Greece
[C19: from Latin cista box, chest, basket, from Greek kistē]
(Archaeology) archaeol a box-shaped burial chamber made from stone slabs or a hollowed tree trunk
[C19: from Welsh: chest, from Latin cista box; see cist1]
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a prehistoric sepulchral tomb or casket.
[1795–1805; < Welsh < Latin cista < Greek kístē chest]
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A Neolithic tomb made of stone slabs.
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