Char"nel (?), a. [F. charnel carnal, fleshly, fr. L. carnalis. See Carnal.]

Containing the bodies of the dead.

"Charnel vaults."


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.


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Char"nel, n.

A charnel house; a grave; a cemetery.

In their proud charnel of Thermopylae. Byron.


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