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 for lich gate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lich \Lich\ (l[i^]ch), n. [AS. l[imac]c body. See Like, a.]
     A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.]
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     Lich fowl (Zool.), the European goatsucker; -- called also
        lich owl.
     Lich gate, a covered gate through which the corpse was
        carried to the church or burial place, and where the bier
        was placed to await the clergyman; a corpse gate. [Prov.
        Eng.] --Halliwell.
     Lich wake, the wake, or watching, held over a corpse before
        burial. [Prov Eng.] --Chaucer.
     Lich wall, the wall of a churchyard or burying ground.
     Lich way, the path by which the dead are carried to the
        grave. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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     Note: Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See
           Corps, n., 1.
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     2. The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig.
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              He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it
              sprung upon its feet.                 --D. Webster.
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     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] Corpulence

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