necrophaga


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Bury \Bur"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buried; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Burying.] [OE. burien, birien, berien, AS. byrgan; akin to
   beorgan to protect, OHG. bergan, G. bergen, Icel. bjarga, Sw.
   berga, Dan. bierge, Goth. ba['i]rgan. [root]95. Cf.
   Burrow.]
   1. To cover out of sight, either by heaping something over,
      or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal
      by covering; to hide; as, to bury coals in ashes; to bury
      the face in the hands.
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            And all their confidence
            Under the weight of mountains buried deep. --Milton.
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   2. Specifically: To cover out of sight, as the body of a
      deceased person, in a grave, a tomb, or the ocean; to
      deposit (a corpse) in its resting place, with funeral
      ceremonies; to inter; to inhume.
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            Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
                                                  --Matt. viii.
                                                  21.
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            I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave. --Shak.
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   3. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as,
      to bury strife.
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            Give me a bowl of wine
            In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. --Shak.
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   Burying beetle (Zool.), the general name of many species of
      beetles, of the tribe Necrophaga; the sexton beetle; --
      so called from their habit of burying small dead animals
      by digging away the earth beneath them. The larv[ae] feed
      upon decaying flesh, and are useful scavengers.

   To bury the hatchet, to lay aside the instruments of war,
      and make peace; -- a phrase used in allusion to the custom
      observed by the North American Indians, of burying a
      tomahawk when they conclude a peace.
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   Syn: To intomb; inter; inhume; inurn; hide; cover; conceal;
        overwhelm; repress.
        [1913 Webster] Burying ground
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