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

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Coffin - Industry
... Traditionally, in the Western world, a coffin was made, when required, by the village carpenter, and he would frequently manage the whole funeral ... funeral was paid for by the parish, the coffin might have been made of the cheapest, thinnest possible pine ... At the other extreme, a coffin bought privately by a wealthy individual might have used yew or mahogany with a fine lining, plated fittings and brass decorations, topped with a decorated ...
Coffin (torture)
... The Coffin was a type of torture developed in the Middle Ages ... The time spent inside of the "coffin" was determined by the crime for which the person had been convicted ... For example, if the person was a blasphemer, he or she would die in the coffin ...
Skelmorlie Aisle - History - The Montgomerie Tomb
... A third coffin within the tomb is said to be that of Sir Hugh Montgomerie of Eaglesham, a hero of the Battle of Otterburn ... Sir Robert's coffin is especially long and much of the lead on the bottom of the coffin is missing, supposedly taken by local fishermen who believed that lead weights made from it would result in ...
Levi Coffin House
... The Levi Coffin House is a National Historic Landmark located in present-day Fountain City, Indiana ... Levi Coffin, and his wife Catharine, helped as many as 2,000 former slaves escape to freedom in the free states and Canada during the 20 years that they lived ... The Coffins were Quakers, a denomination that led in the fight against slavery ...
Lyn Coffin - External Links
... Coffin's entry in PoetsWest Directory of Northwest Poets Coffin's entry at Bio of Coffin at ...

Famous quotes containing the word coffin:

    She went in there to muse on being rid
    Of relative beneath the coffin lid.
    No one was by. She stuck her tongue out; slid.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    According to legend, Dr. Sappington purchased his coffin several years before his death and kept it under his bed, with apples and nuts in it for his visiting grandchildren.
    —Administration in the State of Miss, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    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)