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Pertaining to Corinth. – D'Anville.


Pertaining to Corinth, a celebrated city of Greece; as, Corinthian column; Corinthian order; Corinthian brass. The Corinthian order, in architecture, is the most delicate of all the orders, and enriched with a profusion of ornaments. The capital is usually adorned with olive leaves or acanthus. – Encyc.

CO-RI'VAL, n. [con and rival; written improperly corrival.]

A rival, or fellow rival; a competitor. – Shak.

CO-RI'VAL, v.t.

To rival; to pretend to equal. – Shak.


Joint rivalry.

CORK, n. [D. kurk; G. kork; Sw. korck; Dan. kork; Sp. corcho; Russ. korka; Fr. ecorce; L. cortex, bark, rind, shell, crust.]

  1. A glandiferous tree, a species of Quercus, growing in Spain and Portugal, having a thick, rough, fungous, cleft bark.
  2. The outer bark of the tree, or epidermis, of which stopples for bottles and casks are made. This outer bark is taken off, and a new epidermis is formed, which, in six or seven years becomes fit for use. This bark is also burnt to make a kind of light black, called Spanish black.
  3. A stopple for a bottle or cask, cut out of cork.

CORK, v.t.

To stop bottles or casks with corks; to confine or make fast with a cork.

CORK'ED, pp. [or n. See CALK.]

CORK'ED, pp.

Stopped with a cork.

CORK'ING, ppr.

Stopping with corks.


A pin of a large size. – Swift.


A screw to draw corks from bottles.

CORK'Y, a.

Consisting of cork; resembling cork; made of cork; tough.

COR'MO-RANT, n. [Fr. cormoran; Sp. corvejon. Cormorant is supposed to be corrupted from Corvus marinus, sea raven. The Welsh also call the fowl morvran, sea crow.]

  1. The water raven, a large fowl of the pelican kind: the head and neck are black; the coverts of the wings, the scapulars and the back are of a deep green, edged with black and glossed with blue. The base of the lower mandible is covered with a naked yellow skin, which extends under the chin and forms a sort of pouch. This fowl occupies the cliffs by the sea, feeds on fish, and is extremely voracious. – Encyc.
  2. A glutton.

CORM'US, n. [Gr. κορμος.]

  1. In botany, the generic name of a stalk or stem of any plant. – DeCand. Willd.
  2. The dilated base of the stems of monocotyledonous plants intervening between the root and the first buds, and forming the reproductive portion of such plants, when they are not caulescent. – Lindley.

CORN, n. [Sax. corn; D. koorn; G. korn; Dan. and Sw. korn. Not improbably this word is the L. granum. Such transpositions are not uncommon. The word signifies not only the hard seeds of certain plants, but hail and shot, L. grando, Ir. gran, grain, hail, shot. Johnson quotes an old Runic rhyme. Hagul er kaldastur korna. Hail is the coldest corn. See Grain.]

  1. A single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley and maiz; a grain. Ira this sense it has a plural; as, three barley corns make an inch. It is generally applied to edible seeds, which, when ripe, are hard.
  2. The seeds of certain plants in general, in bulk or quantity; as, corn is dear or scarce. In this sense, the word comprehends all the kinds of grain which constitute the food of men and horses. In Great Britain, corn is generally applied to wheat, rye, oats and barley. In the United States, it has the same general sense, but by custom it is appropriated to maiz. We are accustomed to say, the crop of wheat is good, but the corn is bad; it is a good year for wheat and rye, but bad for corn. In this sense, corn has no plural.
  3. The plants which produce corn, when growing in the field; the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears and seeds, after reaping and before thrashing. We say, a field of corn, a sheaf or a shock of corn, a load of corn. The plants or stalks are included in the term corn, until the seed is separated from the ears.
  4. In surgery, a hard excrescence, or induration of the skin, on the toes or some part of the feet, occasioned by the pressure of the shoes; so called from its hardness and resemblance to a corn.
  5. A small hard particle. [See Grain.]

CORN, v.t.

  1. To preserve and season with salt in grains; to sprinkle with salt; as, to corn beef.
  2. To granulate: to form into small grains.

CORN'AGE, n. [from Fr. corne, L. cornu, a horn.]

An ancient tenure of lands, which obliged the tenant to give notice of an invasion by blowing a horn. – Blackstone.


A large basket for carrying the ears of maiz.


Climbing buck-wheat. [Local.] – Grose.


The leaf of the maiz. Cornblades are collected and preserved as fodder, in some of the southern states of America.


A coarse, shelly limestone. – Mantell.

CORN'-CHAND-LER, n. [Chandler, a dealer in candles, is supposed to be from the Fr. chandelier; but what has this word to do with corn and ship, in corn-chandler and ship-chandler? In these words, chandler seems to be a corruption of the Teutonic handler, a trader; Sw. kornhandlare, a corn-dealer; Dan. handler; G. id.; D. handelaar.]

A dealer in corn.


Covered with growing corn. – Barlow.


The crake or land-rail; the corn-crow, for kråka, in Sw., and krage in Dan., is our word crow, and the name is probably taken from its cry. The Dutch kraai, a crow, is contracted from kraag, and kraaijen is to crow, to vaunt, to tell tales; G. krähe, krähen.