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lich gate

or lych gate

a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman.
Also called resurrection gate.
Origin of lich gate
1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He could hear very faintly in the distance the throbbing of a motor, waiting at the lich-gate.

    The Following of the Star Florence L. Barclay
  • The German leichengang has precisely the same meaning as our lich-gate.

    Stones of the Temple Walter Field
  • In many places this cross has been lately restored to its proper place, near to the lich-gate.

    Stones of the Temple Walter Field
  • At the entrance to the graveyard is the lich-gate and mortuary, where many wrecked seamen were taken for burial.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • Nothing remained save a delicate fragrance of violets under the lich-gate, beneath which she had passed.

    The Following of the Star Florence L. Barclay
  • Carrados dropped the near window as a man in glistening waterproof stepped from the shelter of a lich-gate and approached.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • Yes; they heard the creaking of the lich-gate, the sound of voices, and the crunching of boots on the gravel path.

    The Manor House School Angela Brazil
  • By a little judicious elbowing, Dorothy managed to secure a place where she had a tolerable view of the path and the lich-gate.

    A Pair of Schoolgirls Angela Brazil
  • The most common form of lich-gate is a simple shed composed of a roof with two gabled ends, covered with tiles or thatch.

  • He did not intend to arrive at the lich-gate until that dream-motor had glided noiselessly out of sight.

    The Following of the Star Florence L. Barclay
British Dictionary definitions for lich-gate

lich gate

a variant spelling of lych gate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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