alt. sp. of lich gate
or lych gate also lich gate
A roofed gateway to a churchyard used originally as a resting place for a bier before burial.
Origin of lych-gateMiddle English lycheyate lyche corpse, body ( from Old English līc ; see līk- in Indo-European roots.) gate, yate gate ; see gate 1.
Church of St. James the Great
- A churchyard gateway with a roof, under which a corpse was laid during a funeral to await the arrival of the clergyman.