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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cor·po·ral Cor·po·ra·le n.  A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are covered; a communion cloth.
 Corporal oath, a solemn oath; -- so called from the fact that it was the ancient usage for the party taking it to touch the corporal, or cloth that covered the consecrated elements.