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charnel house

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  1. a house or place in which the bodies or bones of the dead are deposited.
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Origin of charnel house

First recorded in 1550–60
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Related Words

morgue, ossuary, charnel, ossuarium

Examples from the Web for charnel house

Historical Examples

  • It was as if a cold wind, a blast from the charnel-house, had swept through the car.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • This first impression ever remained in my mind: I regarded it as a charnel-house.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • Death felt it to his inwards: 'twas too much: Death fell a weeping in his charnel-house.


    John Keats

  • The drawer was a charnel-house of gloves and mittens and veils.

  • A curious early fifteenth-century rhyme is associated with this charnel-house.

British Dictionary definitions for charnel house

charnel house

  1. (esp formerly) a building or vault where corpses or bones are deposited
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