Etymology 1


lich (plural liches)

(archaic) A corpse or dead body. [from 9th c.]

(fantasy, roleplay) A reanimated corpse or undead being, particularly a still-intelligent undead spellcaster.

Etymology 2


lich (comparative more lich, superlative most lich)

(obsolete) Like; resembling; equal.

Source: Wiktionary

Lich, a.

Definition: Like. [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser.

Lich, n. Etym: [AS.lic body. See Like, a.]

Definition: A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.] Lich fowl (Zoöl.), the European goatsucker; -- called also lich owl.

– Lich gate, a covered gate through which the corpse was carried to the church or burial place, and where the bier was placed to await clergyman; a corpse gate. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

– Lich wake, the wake, or watching, held over a corpse before burial. [Prov Eng.] Chaucer.

– Lich wall, the wall of a churchyard or burying ground.

– Lich way, the path by which the dead are carried to the grave. [Prov. Eng.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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