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[kawr-puh s] /ˈkɔr pəs/

noun, plural corpora
[kawr-per-uh] /ˈkɔr pər ə/ (Show IPA). or, sometimes, corpuses.
a large or complete collection of writings:
the entire corpus of Old English poetry.
the body of a person or animal, especially when dead.
Anatomy. a body, mass, or part having a special character or function.
Linguistics. a body of utterances, as words or sentences, assumed to be representative of and used for lexical, grammatical, or other linguistic analysis.
a principal or capital sum, as opposed to interest or income.
noun (pl) -pora (-pərə)
a collection or body of writings, esp by a single author or on a specific topic: the corpus of Dickens’ works
the main body, section, or substance of something

the inner layer or layers of cells of the meristem at a shoot tip, which produces the vascular tissue and pith Compare tunica (sense 2)
(linguistics) a body of data, esp the finite collection of grammatical sentences of a language that a linguistic theory seeks to describe by means of an algorithm
a capital or principal sum, as contrasted with a derived income
(obsolete) a human or animal body, esp a dead one

(plural corpora), late 14c., from Latin corpus, literally “body” (see corporeal). The sense of “body of a person” (mid-15c. in English) and “collection of facts or things” (1727 in English) both were present in Latin. Corpus Christi (late 14c.), feast of the Blessed Sacrament, is the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Also used in various medical phrases, e.g. corpus callosum (1706, literally “tough body”), corpus luteum (1788, literally “yellow body”).

corpus cor·pus (kôr’pəs)
n. pl. cor·po·ra (-pər-ə)


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  • Corpus-callosum

    [kawr-puh s kuh-loh-suh m] /ˈkɔr pəs kəˈloʊ səm/ noun, plural corpora callosa [kawr-per-uh kuh-loh-suh] /ˈkɔr pər ə kəˈloʊ sə/ (Show IPA). Anatomy, Zoology. 1. a great band of deeply situated transverse white fibers uniting the two halves of the cerebrum in humans and other mammals. /kəˈləʊsəm/ noun (pl) corpora callosa (kəˈləʊsə) 1. the band of […]

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