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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited;
[syn: charnel house, charnel]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. gruesomely indicative of death or the dead;
- Example: "a charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones"
- Example: "ghastly shrieks"
- Example: "the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs"
[syn: charnel, ghastly, sepulchral]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Charnel \Char"nel\, a. [F. charnel carnal, fleshly, fr. L. carnalis. See Carnal.] Containing the bodies of the dead. "Charnel vaults." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Charnel house, 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Charnel \Char"nel\, n. A charnel house; a grave; a cemetery. [1913 Webster] In their proud charnel of Thermopyl[ae]. --Byron. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

charnel adj 1: gruesomely indicative of death or the dead; "a charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones"; "ghastly shrieks"; "the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs" [syn: charnel, ghastly, sepulchral] n 1: a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited [syn: charnel house, charnel]