A curious early fifteenth-century story is associated with this charnel house.
The city will be a charnel house when these bodies start to decompose.
Nay, he boasted of his clemency, in "that she had not been strangled, and her body cast into the charnel of malefactors."
The atmosphere of the place was cold and musty and suggestive of a charnel house.
It thrusts the girls into a charnel house of sin, sickness, and death.
Some of these had been used as charnel houses, and had been filled with dead bodies.
Another chapel called the charnel, a proper neighbour to this fresco, stood at the back of the two buildings just mentioned.
Does not a ghastly air, a charnel breath, hover about us both?
She was fruit of the charnel house, a heap of matter and blood, a shovelful of corrupted flesh thrown down on the pillow.
It is like a blast from a charnel house; but then, what power, what lucidity!
late 14c., from Old French charnel (12c.) "fleshly," from Late Latin carnale "graveyard," properly neuter of adjective carnalis (see carnal). As an adjective from 1813. The Late Latin word was glossed in Old English as flæschus "flesh-house." Charnel house is attested from 1550s.