tapho-, taph-, -taphia +

(Greek: burial, grave; tomb; funeral)

bibliotaph (s) (noun), bibliotaphs (pl)
Someone who "buries", or hides and hoards, books by keeping them under lock and key.
bibliotaphist (s) (noun), bibliotaphists (pl)
Someone who keeps books under lock and key; that is "buried" and away from other people.
bibliotaphy (s) (noun), bibliotaphies (pl)
The hoarding or hiding of books, often under lock and key.
cenotaph, coenotaph (s) (noun); cenotaphs, coenotaphs (pl)
1. An empty tomb or sepulcher or a monument erected in honor of a deceased person whose body is located in some other place: A cenotaph was erected for those who were lost during the terrible storm at sea.
2. Etymology: from Greek kenotaphion; from kenos, "empty + taphos, "tomb".
cenotaphic (adjective), more cenotaphic, most cenotaphic
A descriptive word that refers to an empty burial or cemetery monument.
epitaph (EP i taf") (s) (noun), epitaphs (pl)
1. An inscription on a tombstone or monument commemorating the person buried there; occasionally, a brief composition characterizing a deceased person, and expressed as if intended to be inscribed on his tombstone: "After the accident in space, the students in the science exploration class were asked to write epitaphs about each of the astronauts who died."
2. A short speech or piece of writing celebrating the life of a recently deceased person: "The politician was asked to read the epitaph that the newspaper editor had written honoring the local city mayor who had died last week."

"An elegy is also known as a commemoration or a memoir for someone who has passed on."

"Sometimes an epitaph is a monumental lie."

Inscription on a tomb stone or a monument.
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A writer of epitaphs.
A burial in an urn.
taphephobia, taphiphobia, taphophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
In psychiatry, an terrific horror of being buried alive: James developed a case of tapheophobia after reading a story about a girl thought to be dead and then, just before she was to be interred, was found to be living!
A reference to taphonomy or the study of the conditions and processes by which organisms become fossilized.
A word that archaeologists use (usually combined with "process" or "evidence").

It means that something has affected the original artifacts or deposits (a flood, previous digging, and earthquakes are all taphonomical things that could effect an archaeological site).

Archaeologists always look for evidence of taphonomical activity when ever something seems out of place (like finding a modern human skull buried in with some dinosaur bones).

A specialist in taphonomy.
1. The study of the processes by which animal and plant remains become preserved as fossils.
2. The scientific study of fossilization.
3. The study of the processes; such as, burial, decay, and preservation which affect animal and plant remains as they become fossilized.
4. The study of the transformation of organic remains after death to form fossil and archaeological remains.

The study includes the processes that disturb and damage bones before, during, and after burial; such as, burial procedures, decay, and preservation. The focus is on an understanding of the processes resulting in the archaeological record.

1. An excessive interest in graves and cemeteries.
2. A love or fondness for funerals.
3. A love of funerals, graves, and cemeteries.
4. In psychiatry, a morbid attraction to graves and cemeteries.
1. Anyone who likes to visit cemeteries to see the various tombstones, etc.
2. In psychiatry, someone who has a morbid attraction to graves and cemeteries.

Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "bury, burial, cemetery, grave; sleeping place": coimetro-; Epitaphs; funer-; sepulc-; sheol.