lych

[ lich ]
/ lɪtʃ /

noun

British Obsolete. lich.

Definition for lych (2 of 2)

lich

or lych

[ lich ]
/ lɪtʃ /

noun British Obsolete.

the body; the trunk.
a dead body; corpse.

Origin of lich

before 900; Middle English liche body (alive or dead), Old English līc; cognate with Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Old Norse līk, Gothic leik. See like1
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Examples from the Web for lych

  • Lych is the Saxon word for a dead body, from which Lich-field, “the field of dead bodies,” is derived.

    English Villages|P. H. Ditchfield
  • Another relic of this time is the panel of carved oak in the lych gate of St. Giles', Bloomsbury, dated 1638.

  • They came to the lych gate, and the crowd jostled itself in its admiration.

    Robin Hood|Paul Creswick
  • The Lych Way is still much used for bringing in turf, and for the driving out and back of cattle.