I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin corporale, from Latin, neuter of corporalis; from the doctrine that the bread of the Eucharist becomes or represents the body of Christ Date: 14th century a linen cloth on which the eucharistic elements are placed II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin corporalis, from corpor-, corpus body — more at midriff Date: 14th century 1. obsolete corporeal, physical 2. of, relating to, or affecting the body <
corporal punishment
corporally adverb III. noun Etymology: Middle French, lowest noncommissioned officer, alteration of caporal, from Old Italian caporale, from capo head, from Latin caput — more at head Date: 1579 a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army above a private first class and below a sergeant and in the marine corps above a lance corporal and below a sergeant

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