- short for charnel house.More example sentences
- Most knights' bones never got into charnels; they were safely enclosed in tombs inside a church.
- The charnel was pulled down after the Reformation.
- Undoubtedly the charnel features had many other meanings to the people who used them, ones that leave no archaeologically identifiable traces.
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- Associated with death: I gagged on the charnel stench of the placeMore example sentences
- A charnel stench filled the air and made them recoil in disgust.
- It is argued, based on archaeological and ethnohistoric data, that the layout of the mound, burials, and charnel features is patterned after Native American notions of the cosmos.
- The symbolic suitability of dark and dismal weather, however, is not the main reason Mary Shelley selected this particular month for the nativity of Victor's charnel creature.
late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin carnale, neuter (used as a noun) of carnalis 'relating to flesh' (see carnal).
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