lich gate

lich gate
a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman.
Also, lych gate. Also called resurrection gate.
[1475-85]

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lich gate «lihch»,
a roofed gate to a churchyard, under which a bier was set down to await the coming of the clergyman. Also, lych gate.
[< lich corpse + gate]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Lich gate — Lich Lich (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lich gate — [lich′] n. [see LICH] Brit. a roofed gate at the entrance to a churchyard, where a coffin can be set down to await the arrival of the clergyman …   English World dictionary

  • lich gate — Corpse Corpse (k[^o]rps), n. [OF. cors (sometimes written corps), F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See {Midriff}, and cf. {Corse}, {Corselet}, {Corps}, {Cuerpo}.] 1. A human body in general, whether living or dead; sometimes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lich gate — lich′ or lych gate n. a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down at the beginning of a burial service • Etymology: 1475–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • lich gate — a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman. Also, lych gate. Also called resurrection gate. [1475 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • lich-gate — n. (also lych gate) a roofed gateway to a churchyard where a coffin awaits the clergyman s arrival. Etymology: ME f. OE lic corpse f. Gmc + GATE(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • lich-gate — variant of lych gate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lich — (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to the church… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lich fowl — Lich Lich (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lich owl — Lich Lich (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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