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Related to bier: beer
a funeral litter: They placed the coffin on the bier.
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beer – a fermented alcoholic beverage: He went to the tavern for a beer.
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1. A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial.
2. A coffin along with its stand: followed the bier to the cemetery.
[Alteration (influenced by French bière, coffin) of Middle English ber, from Old English bēr; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]
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a platform or stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse rests before burial
[Old English bǣr; related to beran to bear1, Old High German bāra bier, Sanskrit bhārá a burden]
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1. a frame or stand on which a corpse or the coffin containing it is laid before burial.
2. such a stand together with the corpse or coffin.
[before 900; Middle English bere, Old English bēr, bǣr(e)]
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|Noun||1.||bier - a coffin along with its stand; "we followed the bier to the graveyard"|
|2.||bier - a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial|
catafalque - a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
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bier[bɪəʳ] N → andas fpl (para el féretro)
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bier[ˈbɪər] n → bière f (cercueil)
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n → Bahre f
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