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lych gate

noun
1.

lich gate

or lych gate

noun
1.
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
1475-1485
1475-85
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  • They came to the lych gate, and the crowd jostled itself in its admiration.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Another relic of this time is the panel of carved oak in the lych gate of St. Giles', Bloomsbury, dated 1638.

    Illustrated History of Furniture Frederick Litchfield
British Dictionary definitions for lych gate

lych gate

/lɪtʃ/
noun
1.
a roofed gate to a churchyard, formerly used during funerals as a temporary shelter for the bier
Word Origin
C15: lich, from Old English līc corpse

lich gate

/lɪtʃ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of lych gate
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