lych-gate

noun
\ ˈlich-ˌgāt How to pronounce lych-gate (audio) \
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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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“Lych-gate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lych-gate. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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