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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Corporal  \Cor"po*ral\  (k[^o]r"p[-o]*ral),  Corporale 
  \Cor`po*ra"le\  (-r?"l?),  n.  [LL.  corporale:  cf  F.  corporal.  See 
  A  fine  linen  cloth,  on  which  the  sacred  elements  are 
  consecrated  in  the  eucharist,  or  with  which  they  are  covered; 
  a  communion  cloth. 
  {Corporal  oath},  a  solemn  oath;  --  so  called  from  the  fact 
  that  it  was  the  ancient  usage  for  the  party  taking  it  to 
  touch  the  corporal,  or  cloth  that  covered  the  consecrated