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ossuary (OSH-oo-eh-ree) noun, plural ossuaries

A place or container for depositing the bones of the dead. Also, ossuarium.

[Late Latin ossuarium, from neuter of Latin, ossuarius, of bones, from Old Latin ossua, plural of oss-, os, bone.]

"The bones of nearly 800 more were found in three ossuaries at a nearby village site called Moyaone." Frank D Roylance, Old Bones a Source of Insights, Mystery, The Baltimore Sun, May 2, 1999.

This week's theme: words that contain the vowels aeiou once and only once.

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