from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A corpse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A (living) body.
  • n. A dead body, a corpse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A living body or its bulk.
  • n. A corpse; the dead body of a human being.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of curse.
  • To trade; traffic.
  • n. The living body or bodily frame of an animal, especially and usually of a human being; the person.
  • n. A dead body, especially and usually of a human being; a corpse.
  • n. The body or main part, as the hull of a ship or the trunk or stem of a tree or vine.
  • n. Same as corset, 1.
  • n. A plaited or woven silk ribbon used for vestinents.
  • n. An obsolete form of course.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an island in the Mediterranean; with adjacent islets it constitutes a region of France
  • n. a region of France on the island of Corsica; birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte


Middle English cors, from Old French, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cors, from Latin corpus ("body"). (Wiktionary)


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  • ... I read that first line way wrong.

    August 31, 2009

  • "FIRST LORD: Bear from hence his body,
    And mourn you for him. Let him be regarded
    As the most noble corse that ever herald
    Did follow to his urn."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009