lich gate
Corpse Corpse (k[^o]rps), n. [OF. cors (sometimes written corps), F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See {Midriff}, and cf. {Corse}, {Corselet}, {Corps}, {Cuerpo}.] 1. A human body in general, whether living or dead; -- sometimes contemptuously. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See {Corps}, n., 1. [1913 Webster]

2. The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig. [1913 Webster]

He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]

{Corpse candle}. (a) A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the customary watching with a corpse on the night before its interment. (b) A luminous appearance, resembling the flame of a candle, sometimes seen in churchyards and other damp places, superstitiously regarded as portending death.

{Corpse gate}, the gate of a burial place through which the dead are carried, often having a covered porch; -- called also {lich gate}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Lich gate — Lich Lich (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lich gate — [lich′] n. [see LICH] Brit. a roofed gate at the entrance to a churchyard, where a coffin can be set down to await the arrival of the clergyman …   English World dictionary

  • lich gate — a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman. Also, lych gate. Also called resurrection gate. [1475 85] * * * lich gate «lihch», a roofed gate to a churchyard, under… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lich gate — lich′ or lych gate n. a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down at the beginning of a burial service • Etymology: 1475–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • lich gate — a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman. Also, lych gate. Also called resurrection gate. [1475 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • lich-gate — n. (also lych gate) a roofed gateway to a churchyard where a coffin awaits the clergyman s arrival. Etymology: ME f. OE lic corpse f. Gmc + GATE(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • lich-gate — variant of lych gate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lich — (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to the church… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lich fowl — Lich Lich (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lich owl — Lich Lich (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[=i]c body. See {Like}, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Lich fowl} (Zo[ o]l.), the European goatsucker; called also {lich owl}. {Lich gate}, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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