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lych–gate

noun \ˈlich-ˌgāt\

Definition of lych–gate

  1. :  a roofed gate in a churchyard under which a bier rests during the initial part of the burial service



Variants of lych–gate

also

lich–gate

\ˈlich-ˌgāt\

Origin and Etymology of lych–gate

Middle English lycheyate, from lich body, corpse (from Old English līc) + gate, yate gate


First Known Use: 15th century


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