Definitions for churchyardˈtʃɜrtʃˌyɑrd

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  1. churchyard, God's acre(noun)

    the yard associated with a church

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  1. churchyard(Noun)

    A patch of land adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.

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  1. Churchyard(noun)

    the ground adjoining a church, in which the dead are buried; a cemetery

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  1. Churchyard

    A churchyard is a patch of land adjoining or surrounding a church which is usually owned by the relevant church or local parish itself. In the Scots language or Northern English language, this can also be known as a kirkyard or kirkyaird. In England, the fact that in an open field village there were very few fenced areas meant that the yew trees needed for longbows were commonly grown in the churchyard since the foliage is poisonous to cattle. Churchyards can be host to unique and ancient habitats because they may remain significantly unchanged for hundreds of years. A churchyard should not be confused with a graveyard or a cemetery. While churchyards were historically often used as graveyards, they can also be any patch of land on church grounds, even without a place of burial.

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