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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.]
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     Note: Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See
           Corps, n., 1.
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     2. The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig.
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              He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it
              sprung upon its feet.                 --D. Webster.
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     Corpse candle.
        (a) A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the
            customary watching with a corpse on the night before
            its interment.
        (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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