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English Dictionary: corposant by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
corposant
n
  1. an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
    Synonym(s): corona discharge, corona, corposant, St. Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, electric glow
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Saint \Saint\ (s[amac]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred,
      properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious
      act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf.
      {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.]
      1. A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent
            for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being
            redeemed and consecrated to God.
  
                     Them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to
                     be saints.                                          --1 Cor. i. 2.
  
      2. One of the blessed in heaven.
  
                     Then shall thy saints, unmixed, and from the impure
                     Far separate, circling thy holy mount, Unfeigned
                     hallelujahs to thee sing.                  --Milton.
  
      3. (Eccl.) One canonized by the church. [Abbrev. St.]
  
      {Saint Andrew's cross}.
            (a) A cross shaped like the letter X. See Illust. 4, under
                  {Cross}.
            (b) (Bot.) A low North American shrub ({Ascyrum
                  Crux-Andre[91]}, the petals of which have the form of
                  a Saint Andrew's cross. --Gray.
  
      {Saint Anthony's cross}, a T-shaped cross. See Illust. 6,
            under {Cross}.
  
      {Saint Anthony's fire}, the erysipelas; -- popularly so
            called because it was supposed to have been cured by the
            intercession of Saint Anthony.
  
      {Saint Anthony's nut} (Bot.), the groundnut ({Bunium
            flexuosum}); -- so called because swine feed on it, and
            St. Anthony was once a swineherd. --Dr. Prior.
  
      {Saint Anthony's turnip} (Bot.), the bulbous crowfoot, a
            favorite food of swine. --Dr. Prior.
  
      {Saint Barnaby's thistle} (Bot.), a kind of knapweed
            ({Centaurea solstitialis}) flowering on St. Barnabas's
            Day, June 11th. --Dr. Prior.
  
      {Saint Bernard} (Zo[94]l.), a breed of large, handsome dogs
            celebrated for strength and sagacity, formerly bred
            chiefly at the Hospice of St. Bernard in Switzerland, but
            now common in Europe and America. There are two races, the
            smooth-haired and the rough-haired. See Illust. under
            {Dog}.
  
      {Saint Catharine's flower} (Bot.), the plant love-in-a-mist.
            See under {Love}.
  
      {Saint Cuthbert's beads} (Paleon.), the fossil joints of
            crinoid stems.
  
      {Saint Dabeoc's heath} (Bot.), a heatherlike plant
            ({Dab[d2]cia polifolia}), named from an Irish saint.
  
      {Saint Distaff's Day}. See under {Distaff}.
  
      {Saint Elmo's fire}, a luminous, flamelike appearance,
            sometimes seen in dark, tempestuous nights, at some
            prominent point on a ship, particularly at the masthead
            and the yardarms. It has also been observed on land, and
            is due to the discharge of electricity from elevated or
            pointed objects. A single flame is called a {Helena}, or a
            {Corposant}; a double, or twin, flame is called a {Castor
            and Pollux}, or a {double Corposant}. It takes its name
            from St. Elmo, the patron saint of sailors.
  
      {Saint George's cross} (Her.), a Greek cross gules upon a
            field argent, the field being represented by a narrow
            fimbriation in the ensign, or union jack, of Great
            Britain.
  
      {Saint George's ensign}, a red cross on a white field with a
            union jack in the upper corner next the mast. It is the
            distinguishing badge of ships of the royal navy of
            England; -- called also {the white ensign}. --Brande & C.
  
      {Saint George's flag}, a smaller flag resembling the ensign,
            but without the union jack; used as the sign of the
            presence and command of an admiral. [Eng.] --Brande & C.
  
      {Saint Gobain glass} (Chem.), a fine variety of soda-lime
            plate glass, so called from St. Gobain in France, where it
            was manufactured.
  
      {Saint Ignatius's bean} (Bot.), the seed of a tree of the
            Philippines ({Strychnos Ignatia}), of properties similar
            to the nux vomica.
  
      {Saint James's shell} (Zo[94]l.), a pecten ({Vola
            Jacob[91]us}) worn by pilgrims to the Holy Land. See
            Illust. under {Scallop}.
  
      {Saint James's-wort} (Bot.), a kind of ragwort ({Senecio
            Jacob[91]a}).
  
      {Saint John's bread}. (Bot.) See {Carob}.
  
      {Saint John's-wort} (Bot.), any plant of the genus
            {Hypericum}, most species of which have yellow flowers; --
            called also {John's-wort}.
  
      {Saint Leger}, the name of a race for three-year-old horses
            run annually in September at Doncaster, England; --
            instituted in 1776 by Col. St. Leger.
  
      {Saint Martin's herb} (Bot.), a small tropical American
            violaceous plant ({Sauvagesia erecta}). It is very
            mucilaginous and is used in medicine.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Corposant \Cor"po*sant\ (k?r"p?-z?nt), n. [It. corpo santo holy
      body.]
      St. Elmo's fire. See under {Saint}.
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