Pronunciation: (kôr'pus),[key] —n., —pl.-po•raPronunciation: (-pur-u)[key]for 1–3, 5,-pus•esfor 4. 1. a large or complete collection of writings: the entire corpus of Old English poetry. 2. the body of a person or animal, esp. when dead.
3. Anat.a body, mass, or part having a special character or function.
4. Ling.a body of utterances, as words or sentences, assumed to be representative of and used for lexical, grammatical, or other linguistic analysis.
5. a principal or capital sum, as opposed to interest or income.