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cor·po·sant

 (kôr′pə-zənt)
[Portuguese and obsolete Spanish corpo santo, both from Latin corpus sānctum, holy body : corpus, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots + sānctus, holy, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate; see sak- in Indo-European roots.]
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corposant

(ˈkɔːpəˌzænt)
n
(General Physics) another name for Saint Elmo's fire
[C17: from Portuguese corpo-santo, literally: holy body, from Latin corpus sanctum]
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Noun1.corposant - an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmospherecorposant - an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
arc, electric arc, electric discharge, spark, discharge - electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
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We are never without a corposant grinning on our bows or rolling head over heels from nose to midships, and to the crackle of electricity around and within us is added once or twice the rattle of hail--hail that will never fall on any sea.
This positive interpretation of the ballad's dramatic action is additionally supported by evocations of Pentecost, and therefore of the presence of the Holy Spirit, a possible antithesis of the unforgiving Polar Spirit, in the contrast between the Corposant and Aurora Australis.
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