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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Funeral
 
means a torchlight procession (from the Latin, funis, a torch), because funerals among the Romans took place at night by torchlight, that magistrates and priests might not be violated by seeing a corpse, and so be prevented from performing their sacred duties.   1
        “Funus [a funeral], from funes or funalia [torches] … . . originally made of ropes.”—Adams: Roman Antiquities (Funerals).
 


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