noun \ˈlich-ˌgāt\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of lych–gate

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

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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