/kat"euh fawk', -fawlk', -falk'/, n.
1. a raised structure on which the body of a deceased person lies or is carried in state.
2. a hearse.
[1635-45; < F < It catafalco < LL *catafalicum SCAFFOLD, equiv. to cata- CATA- + fal(a) wooden siege tower + -icum, neut. of -icus -IC]

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▪ funerary architecture
      ornate, often theatrical, usually movable funereal structure mounted on a stage to support a coffin for a lying-in-state. It is used for royalty and personages of distinction and is normally set up in a historic public hall, such as Westminster Hall, London, and the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The reputation of the Spanish architect José Churriguera, known for his exuberant and fantastic Baroque style, was established overnight in 1689 by his design for the catafalque for Queen Maria Louisa, first wife of Charles II. Certain European shrines of saints in which the body is visible are sometimes regarded as catafalques.

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