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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Corpse  \Corpse\  (k[^o]rps),  n.  [OF.  cors  (sometimes  written 
  corps),  F.  corps,  L.  corpus;  akin  to  AS  hrif  womb.  See 
  {Midriff},  and  cf  {Corse},  {Corselet},  {Corps},  {Cuerpo}.] 
  1.  A  human  body  in  general,  whether  living  or  dead;  -- 
  sometimes  contemptuously.  [Obs.] 
 
  Note:  Formerly  written  (after  the  French  form)  corps.  See 
  {Corps},  n.,  1. 
 
  2.  The  dead  body  of  a  human  being  --  used  also  Fig. 
 
  He  touched  the  dead  corpse  of  Public  Credit,  and  it 
  sprung  upon  its  feet.  --D.  Webster. 
 
  {Corpse  candle}. 
  a  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. 
 
 
  {Corpse  gate},  the  gate  of  a  burial  place  through  which  the 
  dead  are  carried,  often  having  a  covered  porch;  --  called 
  also  {lich  gate}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  corpse 
  n  :  the  dead  body  of  a  human  being  [syn:  {cadaver},  {stiff},  {clay}, 
  {remains}] 




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