- a plural of corpus.
- 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.
Origin of corpus
Examples from the Web for corpora
The brain becomes relatively larger but more compact, and the optic lobes (corpora bigemina) become more distinct.
The reduction in size of the foramen of Munro above mentioned is, to a large extent, caused by the growth of the corpora striata.
The corpora striata are united at their posterior border with the optic thalami.
But there is considerable difference between the corpora lutea of non-pregnant and pregnant women.Woman
William J. Robinson
The corpora amylacea, so called, differ materially from starch-granules, and still more from the amyloid matter.
- the plural of corpus
- a collection or body of writings, esp by a single author or on a specific topicthe corpus of Dickens' works
- the main body, section, or substance of something
- any distinct mass or body
- the main part of an organ or structure
- the inner layer or layers of cells of the meristem at a shoot tip, which produces the vascular tissue and pithCompare tunica (def. 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
Word Origin and History for corpora
(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").
- The human body, consisting of the head, neck, trunk, and limbs.
- The main part of a bodily structure or organ.
- A distinct bodily mass or organ having a specific function.