Definition for lych (2 of 2)
noun British Obsolete.
Origin of lich
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.Illustrated History of Furniture|Frederick Litchfield
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.A Book of the West. Volume I Devon|S. Baring-Gould
Word Origin and History for lych
also litch, lych, "body, corpse," southern England dialectal survival of Old English lic "body, dead body, corpse," cognate with Old Frisian lik, Dutch lijk, Old High German lih, German leiche "dead body," Old Norse lik, Danish lig, Gothic leik, from Proto-Germanic *likow. Cf. litch-gate "roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is placed to await the coming of the clergyman."