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1. n The physical representation of a human or animal. The Latin word for body is corpus. A dead body can be called a corpse (human) or carcass (animal).

2. n A held-together collection or group of physical objects or abstract ideas. Sometimes the Latin word corpus is also used for such a collection. This meaning of the word is derived from (1) because the human body is considered a whole which is of greater value than the sum of the value of the individual members. (Note the double meaning of the word member.)