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charnel


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Charnel  \Char"nel\,  a.  [F.  charnel  carnal,  fleshly,  fr  L. 
  carnalis.  See  {Carnal}.] 
  Containing  the  bodies  of  the  dead.  ``Charnel  vaults.'' 
  --Milton. 
 
  {Charnel  house},  a  tomb,  vault,  cemetery,  or  other  place 
  where  the  bones  of  the  dead  are  deposited;  originally,  a 
  place  for  the  bones  thrown  up  when  digging  new  graves  in 
  old  burial  grounds. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Charnel  \Char"nel\,  n. 
  A  charnel  house;  a  grave;  a  cemetery. 
 
  In  their  proud  charnel  of  Thermopyl[ae].  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  charnel 
  adj  :  gruesomely  indicative  of  death  or  the  dead;  "a  charnel  smell 
  came  from  the  chest  filled  with  dead  men's  bones"; 
  "ghastly  shrieks";  "the  sepulchral  darkness  of  the 
  catacombs"  [syn:  {ghastly},  {sepulchral}] 
  n  :  a  vault  or  building  where  corpses  or  bones  are  deposited 
  [syn:  {charnel  house}] 




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