Definition for MOR'TU-A-RY

MOR'TU-A-RY, n. [Fr. mortuaire, pertaining to the dead.]

  1. A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by and due to the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty. Blackstone.
  2. A burial place. Whitlock.

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