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lyke-wake

/ ˈlaɪkˌweɪk /

noun

  1. a watch held over a dead person, often with festivities


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lyke-wake1

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

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Example Sentences

The subject of the Lyke-wake would easily bear a monograph to itself, and at present I know of none.

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