from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law The material evidence in a homicide, such as the discovered corpse of a murder victim, showing that a crime has been committed.
- n. A corpse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The body of the victim
- n. The evidence that a crime has occurred.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the substantial and fundamental fact of the comission of a crime; the proofs essential to establish a crime.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the body of evidence that constitute the offence; the objective proof that a crime has been committed (sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to the body of a homicide victim)
New Latin corpus dēlictī : Latin corpus, body + Latin dēlictī, genitive of dēlictum, crime.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Latin corpus ("body") dēlictī ("of crime"). (Wiktionary)