charnel house
noun see charnel

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Charnel house — Charnel Char nel, a. [F. charnel carnal, fleshly, fr. L. carnalis. See {Carnal}.] Containing the bodies of the dead. Charnel vaults. Milton. [1913 Webster] {Charnel house}, a tomb, vault, cemetery, or other place where the bones of the dead are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • charnel house — ► NOUN historical ▪ a building or vault in which corpses or bones were piled. ORIGIN from Latin carnalis relating to flesh …   English terms dictionary

  • Charnel house — For the publisher of the same name, see Charnel House Contents of a Greek Orthodox charnel house showing disarticulated human skeletal remains …   Wikipedia

  • charnel house — [[t]tʃɑ͟ː(r)n(ə)l haʊs[/t]] charnel houses N COUNT A charnel house is a place where the bodies and bones of dead people are stored …   English dictionary

  • charnel house — char·nel house || tʃɑːnl vault or place where dead bodies and bones are stored; place wherein there is much physical distress and pain and loss of life (e.g., the bombarding turned the buildings into a charnel house ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • charnel house — char|nel house [ˈtʃa:nl haus US ˈtʃa:r ] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: charnel, from Medieval Latin carnale, from Late Latin carnalis; CARNAL] literary a place where the bodies and bones of dead people are stored …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • charnel-house — n. a house or vault in which dead bodies or bones are piled. Etymology: ME & OF charnel burying place f. med.L carnale f. LL carnalis CARNAL …   Useful english dictionary

  • charnel house — noun historical a building or vault in which corpses or bones are piled. Origin C16: from ME charnel burying place , from OFr., from med. L. carnale, from late L. carnalis relating to flesh , from caro, carn flesh …   English new terms dictionary

  • charnel-house — See charnel …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • charnel house — noun a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited • Syn: ↑charnel • Hypernyms: ↑vault, ↑burial vault …   Useful english dictionary

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