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Trunk, 1) the stem of a tree (as an image of the human body): “the ivy which had hid my princely t. and sucked my verdure out on't,” Tp. I, 2, 86. “would bark your honour from that t. you bear,” Meas. III, 1, 72. “health . . . is flown from this bare withered t.” H4B IV, 5, 230.
2) the body of an animal, especially of man: “souls of animals infuse themselves into the --s of men,” Merch. IV, 1, 133. “my honesty, that lies enclosed in this t.” Wint. I, 2, 435. “this frail and worthless t.” H5 III, 6, 163. “his dumb deaf t.” H6B III, 2, 144. leaving thy t. (without the head) “for crows to feed upon,” IV, 10, 90. “until my mis-shaped t. that bears this head be round impaled with a glorious crown,” H6B III, 2, 170. “the honoured mould wherein this t. was framed,” Cor. V, 3, 23. “make his dead t. pillow to our lust,” Tit. II, 3, 130. “to shed obsequious tears upon this t.” V, 3, 152. “that the t. may be discharged of breath,” Rom. V, 1, 63. “the creatures . . . whose bare unhoused --s . . . answer mere nature,” Tim. IV, 3, 229. “thy banished t.” Lr. I, 1, 180. “what t. is here without his top?” Cymb. IV, 2, 353.
3) a chest: Wiv. IV, 2, 62. John V, 2, 141. Cymb. I, 6, 196. Cymb. I, 6, 196 II, 2, 47. t. work (work made on a chest) Wint. III, 3, 75. Metaphorical use, essentially influenced by the preceding signification: the beauteousevil “are empty --s o'erflourished by the devil,” Tw. III, 4, 404. “that t. of humours,” H4A II, 4, 495.
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