1. A vessel of various forms, usually a vase furnished with a foot or pedestal, employed for different purposes, as for holding liquids, for ornamental uses, for preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation, and anciently for holding lots to be drawn. A rustic, digging in the ground by Padua, found an urn, or earthen pot, in which there was another urn. (bp. Wilkins) His scattered limbs with my dead body burn, And once more join us in the pious urn. (Dryden)
5. A tea urn. See Tea.
Origin: OE. Urne, L. Urna; perhaps fr. Urere to burn, and sop called as being made of burnt clay (cf. East): cf. F. Urne.
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... whereas the sporophyte is just the thing that looks somewhat like a small flower, is a parasite on the gamethophyte and is basically an urn full of spores. In ferns, the gametophyte is reduced a lump of cells called the prothallus, which can either be green and thus autotrophic or saprophytic ...
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