Container for transport, laying out and the burial of a corpse

A coffin (also known as a casket) is a box used to keep dead bodies, either for burial or after cremation.

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A coffin

The word comes ultimately from Greek kophinos, a basket. In English, the word was not used in a funeral sense until the 1500s.

Any box used to bury the dead in is a coffin.

The main distinction between a coffin and a casket is the shape. A casket regularly has 6 – 8 sides while coffins have a rectangular shape.

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