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Lich. n.s. [lice, Saxon.] A dead carcase; whence lichwake, the time or act of watching by the dead; lichgate, the gate through which the dead are carried to the grave; Lichfield, the field of the dead, a city in Staffordshire, so named from martyred christians. Salve magna parens. Lichwake is still retained in Scotland in the same sense.

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  1. “Salve magna parens” is the motto for the city of Lichfield and is taken from Virgil’s Georgics: “hail, thou great parent” or “hail, mighty mother”.

  2. Brandi on March 27th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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