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noun cor·pus \ˈkr-pəs\

: a collection of writings, conversations, speeches, etc., that people use to study and describe a language

: a collection of poems, paintings, songs, etc.

plural cor·po·ra \-p(ə-)rə\

Full Definition of CORPUS

:  the body of a human or animal especially when dead
a :  the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ <the corpus of the uterus>
b :  the main body or corporeal substance of a thing; specifically :  the principal of a fund or estate as distinct from income or interest
a :  all the writings or works of a particular kind or on a particular subject; especially :  the complete works of an author
b :  a collection or body of knowledge or evidence; especially :  a collection of recorded utterances used as a basis for the descriptive analysis of a language

Examples of CORPUS

  1. a computerized corpus of English
  2. <Jane Austen's corpus is modest in number but magnificent in achievement.>

Origin of CORPUS

Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 15th century

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Medical Dictionary


noun cor·pus \ˈkr-pəs\
plural cor·po·ra \-p(ə-)rə\

Medical Definition of CORPUS

:  the human or animal body especially when dead
:  the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ <the corpus of the jaw>—see corpus uteri
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