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English definition of “charnel house”

charnel house

noun [C]     /ˈtʃɑː.nəlˌhaʊs/ US  /ˈtʃɑːr-/ old use
a building where the bodies of dead people are keptPlaces where bodies are buried or cremated
(Definition of charnel house noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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