or lych gate
- a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman.
Origin of lich gate
First recorded in 1475–85
Also called resurrection gate.
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Examples from the Web for lich gate
Leonard ran a few steps, then walked to the lich-gate, where he waited.The Man
The German leichengang has precisely the same meaning as our Lich-Gate.Stones of the Temple
In other parts of the country are examples of chambers over the lich-gate.Old Church Lore
At the entrance to the graveyard is the lich-gate and mortuary, where many wrecked seamen were taken for burial.The Cornwall Coast
Arthur L. Salmon
Carrados dropped the near window as a man in glistening waterproof stepped from the shelter of a lich-gate and approached.Max Carrados
- a variant spelling of lych gate
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