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for Corpse candle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Corpse \Corpse\ (k[^o]rps), n. [OF. cors (sometimes written
corps), F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See
Midriff, and cf. Corse, Corselet, Corps, Cuerpo.]
1. A human body in general, whether living or dead; --
sometimes contemptuously. [Obs.]
Note: Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See
Corps, n., 1.
2. The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig.
He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it
sprung upon its feet. --D. Webster.
(a) A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the
customary watching with a corpse on the night before
(b) A luminous appearance, resembling the flame of a
candle, sometimes seen in churchyards and other damp
places, superstitiously regarded as portending death.
Corpse gate, the gate of a burial place through which the
dead are carried, often having a covered porch; -- called
also lich gate.
[1913 Webster] Corpulence
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