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 for corpse
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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the dead body of a human being; "the cadaver was intended
           for dissection"; "the end of the police search was the
           discovery of a corpse"; "the murderer confessed that he
           threw the stiff in the river"; "honor comes to bless the
           turf that wraps their clay" [syn: cadaver, corpse,
           stiff, clay, remains]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "corpse":
     ashes, barebones, bean pole, beanstalk, body, bones, broomstick,
     cadaver, carcass, carrion, clay, clothes pole, corpus delicti,
     crowbait, dead body, dead man, dead person, decedent, dry bones,
     dust, earth, embalmed corpse, food for worms, lanky, late lamented,
     mortal remains, mummification, mummy, organic remains, rattlebones,
     relics, reliquiae, remains, shadow, skeleton, slim, spindlelegs,
     spindleshanks, stack of bones, stiff, stilt, tenement of clay,
     the dead, the deceased, the defunct, the departed, the loved one,
     twiggy, walking skeleton

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CORPSE. The dead body (q.v.) of a human being. Russ. & Ry. 366, n.; 2 T. R. 
  733; 1 Leach, 497; 16 Eng. Com. L. Rep. 413; 8 Pick. 370; Dig. 47, 12, 3, 7 
  Id. 11, 7, 38; Code, 3, 441. 
       2. As a corpse is considered as nullius bonis, or the property of no 
  one, it follows that stealing it, is not, at common law, a larceny. 3 Inst. 

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