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Corsʹned

means the “cursed mouthful.” It was a piece of bread “consecrated for exorcism,” and given to a person to swallow as a test of his guilt. The words of “consecration” were, “May this morsel cause convulsions and find no passage if the accused is guilty, but turn to wholesome nourishment if he is innocent.” (Saxon, corse, curse; snœd, mouthful.) (See Choke.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Corpus Delicti (Latin)
Corpuscular Philosophy
Corrector
Correggio
Corroboree
Corrouge
Corrugated Iron
Corrupticolæ
Corruption of Blood
Corsair
Corsned
Cortes
Cortina
Corvinus [a raven]
Corybantic Religion
Corycian Cave (The)
Corycian Nymphs (The)
Corydon
Coryphæus (The) or “Coryphēus.”
Coryphæus of German Literature (The)
Coryphæus of Grammarians

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