From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
1. (Antiq.) A box or chest. Specifically: (a) A bronze receptacle, round or oval, frequently decorated with engravings on the sides and cover, and with feet, handles, etc., of decorative castings. (b) A cinerary urn. See Illustration in Appendix.
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "cist": barrow, beehive tomb, bone house, box grave, burial, burial chamber, burial mound, catacombs, cenotaph, charnel house, cist grave, cromlech, crypt, deep six, dokhma, dolmen, grave, house of death, last home, long home, low green tent, low house, mastaba, mausoleum, monstrance, mummy chamber, narrow house, ossuarium, ossuary, passage grave, pit, pyramid, reliquary, resting place, sepulcher, shaft grave, shrine, stupa, tomb, tope, tower of silence, tumulus, vault
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