Coffin

A coffin is a funerary box used in the display and containment of dead people, either for burial or cremation.

Contemporary North American English makes a distinction between coffin and casket. A coffin is generally understood to denote a funerary box having six sides, while a casket generally denotes a four-sided (almost always rectangular) box.

Read more about Coffin:  Etymology, Practices, Design, Cremation, Industry

Famous quotes containing the word coffin:

    Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Not a flower, not a flower sweet
    On my black coffin let there be strewn.
    Not a friend, not a friend greet
    My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown.
    A thousand thousand sighs to save,
    Lay me, O, where
    Sad true lover never find my grave,
    To weep there.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    I would say it was the coffin of a midget
    Or a square baby
    Were there not such a din in it.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)