), late 14c., from L., lit. "body" (see corporeal
). The sense of "body of a person" (c.1440 in Eng.) and "collection of facts or things" (1727 in Eng.) were both present in L. Corpus Christi
(late 14c.) Catholic feast of the Blessed Sacrament, is the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Corpus delecti
(1832), is L., lit. "body of the offense," not "the murder victim's body," but the basic elements that make up a crime; in the case of a murder, including the body of the murdered person. Also used in various medical phrases, e.g. corpus callosum
(1706, lit. "tough body"), corpus luteum
(1788, lit. "yellow body").