Corpse candle


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A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the customary watching with a corpse on the night before its interment. (b) A luminous appearance, resembling the flame of a candle, sometimes seen in churchyards and other damp places, superstitiously regarded as portending death.

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References in classic literature ?
I had heard of corpse candles, and at last I persuaded myself that this must be a corpse bell tolling of itself at midnight for the dead.
in its place a corpse candle, a bit of reflected light?
Corpse Candle, by Paul Doherty (Headline, pounds 17.