lych-gate

noun
\ ˈlich-ˌgāt \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of lych-gate 

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

First Known Use of lych-gate

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lych-gate

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

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