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 for Necrophaga
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bury \Bur"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buried; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Burying.] [OE. burien, birien, berien, AS. byrgan; akin to
     beorgan to protect, OHG. bergan, G. bergen, Icel. bjarga, Sw.
     berga, Dan. bierge, Goth. ba['i]rgan. [root]95. Cf.
     Burrow.]
     1. To cover out of sight, either by heaping something over,
        or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal
        by covering; to hide; as, to bury coals in ashes; to bury
        the face in the hands.
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              And all their confidence
              Under the weight of mountains buried deep. --Milton.
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     2. Specifically: To cover out of sight, as the body of a
        deceased person, in a grave, a tomb, or the ocean; to
        deposit (a corpse) in its resting place, with funeral
        ceremonies; to inter; to inhume.
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              Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
                                                    --Matt. viii.
                                                    21.
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              I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave. --Shak.
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     3. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as,
        to bury strife.
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              Give me a bowl of wine
              In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. --Shak.
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     Burying beetle (Zool.), the general name of many species of
        beetles, of the tribe Necrophaga; the sexton beetle; --
        so called from their habit of burying small dead animals
        by digging away the earth beneath them. The larv[ae] feed
        upon decaying flesh, and are useful scavengers.
  
     To bury the hatchet, to lay aside the instruments of war,
        and make peace; -- a phrase used in allusion to the custom
        observed by the North American Indians, of burying a
        tomahawk when they conclude a peace.
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     Syn: To intomb; inter; inhume; inurn; hide; cover; conceal;
          overwhelm; repress.
          [1913 Webster] Burying ground

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