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charnel

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noun char·nel \ˈchär-nəl\

Definition of charnel

  1. :  a building or chamber in which bodies or bones are deposited —called also charnel house

charnel adjective


Origin of charnel

Middle English, from Anglo-French carnel, charnel, probably alteration of charner, from Medieval Latin carnarium, from Latin carn-, caro flesh — more at carnal


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with charnel


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