A lambent flame seen just above the ground in a churchyard or over a grave, superstitiously regarded as an omen of death.
More example sentences
- In the old days they called them corpse candles because they were so often seen in cemeteries.
- He had not gone much further when he saw a corpse candle moving before him along the road.
- If two corpse candles were seen at the same time this was taken to indicate that two deaths would occur in the same household at about the same time.