n. pl. corps (kôrz)
a. A separate branch or department of the armed forces having a specialized function.
b. A tactical unit of ground combat forces between a division and an army commanded by a lieutenant general and composed of two or more divisions and auxiliary service troops.
2. A body of persons acting together or associated under common direction: the press corps.
[French, from Old French, from Latin corpus, body; see kwrep- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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