charnel

noun char·nel \ ˈchär-nᵊl \

Definition of charnel

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

charnel

adjective

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Origin and Etymology 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


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