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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Necrophore \Nec"ro*phore\, n. [Gr. nekro`s a dead body + fe`rein to bear.] (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of beetles of the genus Necrophorus and allied genera; -- called also burying beetle, carrion beetle, sexton beetle. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] And all their confidence Under the weight of mountains buried deep. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. --Matt. viii. 21. [1913 Webster] I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as, to bury strife. [1913 Webster] Give me a bowl of wine In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: To intomb; inter; inhume; inurn; hide; cover; conceal; overwhelm; repress. [1913 Webster] Burying ground
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Carrion \Car"ri*on\, a. Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion. [1913 Webster] A prey for carrion kites. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Carrion beetle (Zool.), any beetle that feeds habitually on dead animals; -- also called sexton beetle and burying beetle. There are many kinds, belonging mostly to the family Silphid[ae]. Carrion buzzard (Zool.), a South American bird of several species and genera (as Ibycter, Milvago, and Polyborus), which act as scavengers. See Caracara. Carrion crow, the common European crow (Corvus corone) which feeds on carrion, insects, fruits, and seeds. [1913 Webster]