lyke-wake

/ (ˈlaɪkˌweɪk) /

noun

British a watch held over a dead person, often with festivities

Nearby words

  1. lygaeid,
  2. lying,
  3. lying down,
  4. lying-in,
  5. lyingly,
  6. lyle,
  7. lyly,
  8. lyly, john,
  9. lyman,
  10. lyme arthritis

Word Origin for lyke-wake

C16: perhaps from Old Norse; see lych gate, wake 1

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