- the core of the city
- core curriculum
- the staff had a core of experts
- the core of her beliefs
- the core of the argument
- honest to the core
Corps and core are homophones with completely distinct meanings. Whereas corps usually refers to a group of people, core, a word of uncertain origin, carries the senses “the central or most important part of something” or “the usually inedible central part of some fruits.” Corp and corpse share an etymology with corps; all three words come from the Latin corpus, meaning “body.” However, corp is an abbreviation for “corporation” and corpse is most often used to mean “a dead body, especially of a human being.” (Before the eighteenth century, corpse could and often did also refer to a living body.)
: to remove a core from (a fruit)
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to emit the high shrill tone of bagpipes
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