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 confused

Chanel 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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