Taphozous perforatus
Tomb Tomb, n. [OE. tombe, toumbe, F. tombe, LL. tumba, fr. Gr. ? a tomb, grave; perhaps akin to L. tumulus a mound. Cf. {Tumulus}.] 1. A pit in which the dead body of a human being is deposited; a grave; a sepulcher. [1913 Webster]

As one dead in the bottom of a tomb. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A house or vault, formed wholly or partly in the earth, with walls and a roof, for the reception of the dead. ``In tomb of marble stones.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. A monument erected to inclose the body and preserve the name and memory of the dead. [1913 Webster]

Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Tomb bat} (Zo["o]l.), any one of species of Old World bats of the genus {Taphozous} which inhabit tombs, especially the Egyptian species ({Taphozous perforatus}). [1913 Webster]


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