Lych Gate

   The word "lych," derived from the Anglo-Saxon lie, or the German leiche, means a body, especially a dead body, a corpse. The term lych gate is the old name given to a churchyard gate with a porch or covering, under which a bier may be rested while the introductory portion of the Burial Service is being read. Such gates are quite frequently found in England, and occasionally in this country.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • lych-gate — or lych gate also lich gate (lĭchʹgāt ) n. A roofed gateway to a churchyard used originally as a resting place for a bier before burial.   [Middle English lycheyate: lyche, corpse, body (from Old English līc. See līk + …   Universalium

  • Lych gate — n. See under {Lich}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lych gate — lych gate, = lich gate. (Cf. ↑lich gate) …   Useful english dictionary

  • lych gate — [lich] n. LICH GATE * * * …   Universalium

  • lych gate — lych′ gate n. lich gate …   From formal English to slang

  • lych gate — [lich] n. LICH GATE …   English World dictionary

  • lych-gate — also lich gate noun Etymology: Middle English lycheyate, from lich body, corpse (from Old English līc) + gate, yate gate Date: 15th century a roofed gate in a churchyard under which a bier rests during the initial part of the burial service …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lych gate. — See lich gate. * * * …   Universalium

  • lych-gate — var. of LICH GATE …   Useful english dictionary

  • lych gate. — See lich gate …   Useful english dictionary

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