E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Calvary [bare skull], Golgotha [skull].
The place of our Lords crucifixion; so called from some fanciful resemblance which it bore to a human skull. The present church of the Holy Sepulchre has no claim to be considered the site thereof; it is far more likely that the mosque of Omar, or the dome of the rock, occupies the real site.
A Calvary. A representation of the successive scenes of the Passion of Christ in a series of pictures, etc., in a church. The shrine containing the representations.