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 (kăt′ə-fălk′, -fôlk′)
1. A decorated platform or framework on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral.
2. Roman Catholic Church A coffin-shaped structure draped with a pall, used to represent the corpse at a Requiem Mass celebrated after the burial.

[French, from Italian catafalco.]
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(ˈkætəˌfælk) or


a temporary raised platform on which a body lies in state before or during a funeral
[C17: from French, from Italian catafalco, of uncertain origin; compare scaffold]
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(ˈkæt əˌfɔk, -ˌfɔlk, -ˌfælk)

a raised structure on which the body of a deceased person lies or is carried in state.
[1635–45; < French < Italian catafalco < Late Latin *catafalicum scaffold=cata- cata- + fal(a) wooden siege tower + -icum, neuter of -icus -ic]
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Noun1.catafalque - a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
bier - a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
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[ˈkætəfælk] Ncatafalco m
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nKatafalk m
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In the middle of the court was a catafalque, raised about two yards above the ground and covered completely by an immense canopy of black velvet, and on the steps all round it white wax tapers burned in more than a hundred silver candlesticks.
Altisidora had by this time sat up on the catafalque, and as she did so the clarions sounded, accompanied by the flutes, and the voices of all present exclaiming, "Long life to Altisidora!
And he saw before him a plump, rather sallow-faced, short, stout woman, the Empress Mother, with her smile and her words at her first gracious reception of him, and then that same face on the catafalque, and the encounter he had with Zubov over her coffin about his right to kiss her hand.
The sepulchral depths of the descent were dimly lighted by a silver lamp on the lowest step; and just below this lamp there was laid, wrapped in a flowing mantle of violet velvet, worked with fleurs-de-lis of gold, a catafalque resting on trestles of oak.
The service involves the mounting of a catafalque party of the Australian Army Rifle Company Butterworth standing guard around an obelisk on the memorial site, where family members of the POW and individuals lay wreaths as a symbol of respect.
"They would then be placed on the catafalque and the cremation would be undertaken in due course."
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With Bush's casket atop the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral, dignitaries came forward to honor the Texan whose efforts for his country extended three quarters of a century from World War II through his final years as an advocate for volunteerism and relief for people displaced by natural disaster.