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What word literally means "magnificent tomb" in Latin?




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Answer: mausoleum

The word mausoleum (1546) means "magnificent tomb" in Latin. It derives from the Greek Mausoleion, which was coined from the name of a massive marble tomb built in 353 BC at Halicarnassus in Asia Minor for Mausolos, a Persian satrap - it was built by his sister (and wife) and was one of the Seven Wonders of the world, until destroyed by an earthquake.

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