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1. (Anatomy) the plural of corpus
2. (Banking & Finance) the plural of corpus
3. (Linguistics) the plural of corpus
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the plural of corpus
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n., pl. -po•ra (-pər ə)
for 1-3,5, -pus•es for 4.
1. a large or complete collection of writings: the entire corpus of Old English poetry.
2. the body of a person or animal, esp. when dead.
a. a mass of body tissue that has a specialized function.
b. the main part of a bodily organ.
4. a collection of utterances, as spoken or written sentences, taken as a representative sample of a given language or dialect and used for linguistic analysis.
[1225–75; Middle English < Latin]
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