lichyard

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

lich ‎(corpse) +‎ yard

Noun[edit]

lichyard ‎(plural lichyards)

  1. (literary) A graveyard.
    • 1893, Anne Reeve Aldrich, "A Ballad of Slumber", in Nadine and Other Poems, page 20:
      The last sleep that my love slept
      Shall last till Judgment Day,
      In corner of the lichyard close,
      'Neath drooping boughs of May.
    • 1996, George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones, Bantam Specta, US (1996), ISBN 0-553-10354-7, Voyager Books, UK (1996), ISBN 0-00-224584-1 Chapter 53, "Bran", unumbered page:
      Beneath the shadow of the First Keep was an ancient lichyard, its headstones spotted with pale lichen, where the old Kings of Winter had laid their faithful servants.
    • 1999, George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam Spectra (2000), ISBN 9780553897852, unnumbered page:
      Mikken lay buried in the lichyard, and the new smith was capable of little more than nails and horseshoes.
    • 2008, Jay Lake, Escapement, Tor Books (2009), ISBN 9780765356376, page 157:
      Stands of trees teeming with barking animals would be quiet as lichyards when he passed them again.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:lichyard.

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