lych-gate

lych gate

noun
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lich gate

noun
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, lych gate.
Also called resurrection gate.


Origin:
1475–85

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lich gate (lɪtʃ)
 
n
a variant spelling of lych gate

lych gate or lich gate (lɪtʃ)
 
n
a roofed gate to a churchyard, formerly used during funerals as a temporary shelter for the bier
 
[C15: lich, from Old English līc corpse]
 
lich gate or lich gate
 
n
 
[C15: lich, from Old English līc corpse]

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lych-gate

(from Middle English lyche, "body"; yate, "gate")roofed-in gateway to a churchyard in which a bier might stand while the introductory part of the burial service was read. The most common form of lych-gate was a simple shed composed of a roof with two gabled ends, covered with tiles or thatch. Lych-gates existed in England in the 7th century, but comparatively few early ones survive because they were almost always of wood

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