catafalque(redirected from catafalques)
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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.]
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]
cat•a•falque(ˈkæt əˌfɔk, -ˌfɔlk, -ˌfælk)
a raised structure on which the body of a deceased person lies or is carried in state.