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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A building, room, or vault in which the bones or bodies of the dead are placed; a charnel.
  • n. A scene or place of great physical suffering and loss of life: The bombing turned the barracks into a charnel house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a vault or other building in which the bones of the dead are stored

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place, usually under or near a church, where the bones of the dead are deposited; formerly, and still in parts of Brittany, a kind of portico or gallery, in or near a churchyard, over which the bones of the dead were laid after the flesh was consumed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited

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