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- + gate, yate, gate; see gate1.]

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also spelled  lich-gate , also called  corpse 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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  • Lych gate — n. See under {Lich}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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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