(1) The dead body of a human being
"The cadaver was intended for dissection"
"The end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse"
"The murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river"
"Honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"
Recorded since c.1500, from cadāver, probably from as a metaphor for "I die", also source (through comb. form -cida) of the -cide in suicide, homicide etc.