/ (ˈlaɪkˌweɪk) /
British a watch held over a dead person, often with festivities
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Word Origin for lyke-wake
C16: perhaps from Old Norse; see lych gate, wake 1
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Example sentences from the Web for lyke-wake
The subject of the Lyke-wake would easily bear a monograph to itself, and at present I know of none.Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth|Frank Sidgwick