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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 393 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CIST (Gr. ,dorn, Lat. cista, a box; cf. Ger. Kiste, Welsh kistvaen, stone-coffin, and also the other Eng. form " chest "), in Greek archaeology, a wicker-work receptacle used in the Eleusinian and other mysteries to carry the sacred vessels; also,in the archaeology of prehistoric man, a coffin formed of flat stones placed edgeways with another flat stone for a cover. The word is also used for a sepulchral chamber cut in the rock (see COFFIN). " Cistern," the common term for a water-tank, is a derivation of the same word (Lat. cisterna; cf. "cave" and "cavern").
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