One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A building in which dead bodies are kept until burial or cremation.
mortuary, funeral parlour, funeral chapel, funeral homeView synonyms
- ‘He thought the lych-house, at the entrance of the cemetery, a most necessary building, and one which should be provided in all instances.’
- ‘Then came the mournful detail - Six Bearers with staves and planks sent off to bring the Stranger - my Lych House cleared and a plank or two laid to receive the dead.’
- ‘Whenever I visited the cemetery as a youngster, the lich-house frightened me even more than the graves themselves’
- ‘He had the corpse brought up and laid in his lych-house.’
Middle English: from Old English līc ‘body’ + house.
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