charnel

[ chahr-nl ]
/ ˈtʃɑr nl /

noun

a repository for dead bodies.

adjective

of, like, or fit for a charnel; deathlike; sepulchral.

Origin of charnel

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin carnāle, noun and adj. use of neuter of carnālis 'carnal
Can be confusedChanel channel charnel
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charnel

/ (ˈtʃɑːnəl) /

noun

short for charnel house

adjective

ghastly; sepulchral; deathly

Word Origin for charnel

C14: from Old French: burial place, from Latin carnālis fleshly, carnal
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Word Origin and History for charnel

charnel


adj.

late 14c., from Old French charnel (12c.) "fleshly," from Late Latin carnale "graveyard," properly neuter of adjective carnalis (see carnal). As an adjective from 1813. The Late Latin word was glossed in Old English as flæschus "flesh-house." Charnel house is attested from 1550s.

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