Definition of lyke wake in English:

lyke wake

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A night spent watching over a dead body, typically acting as a celebration to mark the passing of the person’s soul: No, no, father, we can’t be cutting into that ham. That’s for the lyke wake


late Middle English: from lyke (from Old English līc 'body': compare with lychgate) and the noun wake1.

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