n. pl. cor·po·ra (-pər-ə)
1. A large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject.
2. A collection of writings or recorded remarks used for linguistic analysis.
a. The capital or principal amount, as of an estate or trust.
b. The principal of a bond.
a. The main part of a bodily structure or organ.
b. A distinct bodily mass or organ having a specific function.
5. The overall length of a violin.
[Middle English, from Latin; see kwrep- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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