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Cors, Corce, Corse, n.1 [ME. corse, cors (c 1300), OF. cors. Cf. Corps.]

1. The body of a living person (or animal).(a) 1375 Barb. xx. 192.
Quhen saull and cors disseuerit er
c1420 Wynt. i. 777.
Off cors he lyk is a lyown
Ib. iv. 1534.
Knychtis … Fayre off fassowne and of cors
1456 Hay II. 5/18.
Nane that had sene him … but lak or dishonestee of his cors
c1450-2 Howlat 981.
We se Thy nakit cors bot of clay
a1500 Henr. III. 122/44.
Thy cors sall cling, thy curage sall wax cald
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 989.
Syne his cumly cors celestiale Thai cled with purpour silk
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 316.
Apon thy cors vengeance, vengeance! thay cry
Ib. 510.
Thy cloutit cloke … Cleke on thy cors
1513 Doug. iv. Prol. 115.
Lufe is a kyndly passioun, … Kyndlyt in the hart, ourspredyng al the cors
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1022.
Then, to schaw our curtlie corsses, Ga se quha best can rin thair horsses
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7070.
He gat upon his hors, Fenȝeing him self to haue ane seiklie cors
a1568 Scott xv. 29.
Scho … Committing clene hir corse to me in cure
c1590 Fowler 127/26.
Or yit this catiffe combred cors returne to dust or as
(b) 1535 Stewart 214.
With corpolent corce and middill that wes small
Ib. 10131.
Formois he wes, … Clenelie of corce
1560 Rolland Seven S. 76.
With sair seiknes sa troublit was hir corce [: force]
Ib. 1282.
He sa hes rent my corce [: deforce]
a1570-86 Maitl. F. cli. 29.
Wer it possibill that in ony corce Wer Salamonis wit [etc.]

b. A person, a being. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvi. 80.
Lichery, that lathly cors, Berand lyk a bagit hors
c1536 Lynd. Compl. Bagsche 145.
Wes neuer sa vnkynd ane corce, As quhen I had authoritie
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xlvii. 53.
For and thow be ane vnkynd crose [sic] On neid thow man be fals of forse

2. A dead body; a corpse. (Also with dede.) 1375 Barb. xix. 222.
The cors to Paslay haf thai had
a1400 Leg. S. i. 473.
Symon firste the corse stud by
Ib. ii. 275; etc.
Of the cors com swet sawoure
c1420 Wynt. ii. 1016.
Ane wgsum mangery Of wlatsum corsys and wgly
Ib. v. 2579; etc.
My cors thow tholys wngrawyn be
c1475 Wall. v. 164.
Fourty thar past agayne … With this dede cors
Ib. vi. 624.
With dede corssys that lay wnputt in graiff
1513 Doug. ii. vii. 3.
To tell … Sa feil ded corsis as thar lyis slane
Ib. 9.
Heir and thar thai ly, Feil corsis ded
1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 480.
To caus red the rowme of the awld gallows, baynes, deid corssis and all

3. A collective body (of persons, etc.). 1456 Hay II. 30/3.
All knychtis ar and suld be as a cors
1504 Halyb. 273.
A lytill kist in the quhilk thar was viii volomys contenand the cors of bath the lawys

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