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a coffin along with its stand

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a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial

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The body of my wife, arrayed in her richest robes and decked with all her jewels, was laid upon the bier.
Here I lived in darkness and misery until my provisions were exhausted, but just as I was nearly dead from starvation the rock was rolled away overhead and I saw that a bier was being lowered into the cavern, and that the corpse upon it was a man.
Twelve noble sons of Trojans will I behead before your bier to avenge you; till I have done so you shall lie as you are by the ships, and fair women of Troy and Dardanus, whom we have taken with spear and strength of arm when we sacked men's goodly cities, shall weep over you both night and day.
Then they laid it on a bier and covered it with a linen cloth from head to foot, and over this they laid a fair white robe.
When the minister had finished his eulogy with prayer a hymn was sung and the pall-bearers took their places beside the bier.
Every passer-by went into the yard, knelt by the side of the dead, said a Pater noster, and sprinkled a few drops of holy water on the bier.
The cure of the parish and his assistants had taken their places in the middle of the room, beside the bier.
Everywhere I turn I see the same figure-- her bloodless arms and relaxed form flung by the murderer on its bridal bier.
Locking his desk, and replacing it within the trunk (but not before he had taken from a secret lining two printed handbills), he cautiously withdrew; looking back, as he went, at the pale face of the slumbering man, above whose head the dusty plumes that crowned the Maypole couch, waved drearily and sadly as though it were a bier.
So, they put the bier on the brink of the grave; and the two mourners waited patiently in the damp clay, with a cold rain drizzling down, while the ragged boys whom the spectacle had attracted into the churchyard played a noisy game at hide-and-seek among the tombstones, or varied their amusements by jumping backwards and forwards over the coffin.
Supple to twist and turn as the Rogue has ever been, he is sufficiently rigid now; and not without much shuffling of attendant feet, and tilting of his bier this way and that way, and peril even of his sliding off it and being tumbled in a heap over the balustrades, can he be got up stairs.
They were grouped round the bier in the early hours of the morning, when, to their inexpressible fear and astonishment, the door was flung open, and a savage-looking, weather-beaten man in tattered garments strode into the room.
You might have chanced to hear of your Richard on his bier, but for the friend I sent to fetch you.
Biers (English, Columbia University) argues that, during the period before WWI, American writers developed a poetics of the virtual as they competed with immersive multimedia experiences and spectacular amusements offered by the burgeoning popular culture industry.
It'll all end in biers' is the motto at the Republic Bier Hof in Glasgow.