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  1. another name for Saint Elmo's fire
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Word Origin for corposant

C17: from Portuguese corpo-santo, literally: holy body, from Latin corpus sanctum
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Historical Examples of corposant

  • Corposant, kor′po-zant, n. St Elmo's fire, a ball of fire sometimes seen about a ship during a storm.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • I had seen a ship, and there she was to leeward of us, with the corposant clinging to one of her spars.