lych-gate

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Etymology[edit]

From lich (corpse) +‎ gate.

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Noun[edit]

lych-gate (plural lych-gates)

  1. A churchyard gateway with a roof, under which a corpse was laid during a funeral to await the arrival of the clergyman.
    • 1851, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, The Moorland Cottage[1], edition HTML, Project Gutenburg, published 2004:
      If you take the turn to the left, after you pass the lyke-gate at Combehurst Church, …