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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHARNEL

It was a charnel yard on the hill-side, near to one of the town's six gates.

The city will be a charnel house when these bodies start to decompose.

The atmosphere of the place was cold and musty and suggestive of a charnel house.

Thy life has left thee, to live in the heart of a daughter of the charnel and the worm.

Yet that fragrant balm cannot stifle the smell of the charnel house.

Some of these had been used as charnel houses, and had been filled with dead bodies.

Not in vain from the charnel have come to me the records I produce.

The love is disenhallowed; while the hand was on the rose, the thought was on the charnel.

Does not a ghastly air, a charnel breath, hover about us both?

It is like a blast from a charnel house; but then, what power, what lucidity!

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French charnel (12c.) "fleshly," from Late Latin carnale "graveyard," properly neuter of adjective carnalis (see carnal). As an adjective from 1813. The Late Latin word was glossed in Old English as flæschus "flesh-house." Charnel house is attested from 1550s.

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