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lych gate

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lich 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, lych gate.
Also called resurrection gate.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85
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British Dictionary definitions for lych-gate

lich gate

/lɪtʃ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of 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
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Encyclopedia Article for lych-gate

lich-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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