Corpse(krps), 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.]
Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See Corps,
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
Cor"pu*len*cy(k?r"p?-len-s?), } n. [L. corpulentia: cf. F. corpulence.]
1. Excessive fatness; fleshiness; obesity.
2. Thickness; density; compactness.
The heaviness and corpulency of water requiring a great force to divide it.Ray.
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