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 for Corporal oath
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Corporal \Cor"po*ral\ (k[^o]r"p[-o]*ral), Corporale
  \Cor`po*ra"le\ (-r?"l?), n. [LL. corporale: cf. F. corporal. See
     Corporal,a.]
     A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are
     consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are covered;
     a communion cloth.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Corporal oath, a solemn oath; -- so called from the fact
        that it was the ancient usage for the party taking it to
        touch the corporal, or cloth that covered the consecrated
        elements.
        [1913 Webster]

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