lych-gate or lych gate also lich gate (lĭchgāt′)
A roofed gateway to a churchyard used originally as a resting place for a bier before burial.
[Middle English lycheyate : lyche, corpse, body (from Old English līc; see līk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + gate, yate, gate; see GATE1.]
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Church of St. James the Great
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