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corpse

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noun \ˈkȯrps\

Simple Definition of corpse

  • : a dead body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of corpse

  1. 1 archaic :  a human or animal body whether living or dead

  2. 2 a :  a dead body especially of a human being b :  the remains of something discarded or defunct <the corpses of rusting cars>

Examples of corpse in a sentence

  1. a battlefield strewn with corpses

  2. <the startling discovery of a corpse required a call to the police>



Origin and Etymology of corpse

Middle English corps, from Anglo-French cors, corps, from Latin corpus


First Known Use: 13th century


CORPSE Defined for Kids

corpse

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noun \ˈkȯrps\

Definition of corpse for Students

  1. :  a dead body



Word Root of corpse

The Latin word corpus, meaning “body,” and its form corporis give us the root corp or corpor. Words from the Latin corpus have something to do with the body. Corporal is an adjective describing something that has to do with a person's or animal's body. A corporal is a military officer who leads a body of soldiers. A corporation is a body, or group, of people who run a company. A corpse is a dead body.


Medical Dictionary

corpse

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noun \ˈkȯ(ə)rps\

Medical Definition of corpse

  1. :  a dead body especially of a human being





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