For more information on player corpses, see the article on death. For more information on animals and their corpse weights, see the article on animals.
A corpse is the result of killing NPCs (animals, tower guards, etc), and other players. A corpse is used for (and left after) butchering. Burying a corpse gives a small amount of digging skill and if the corpse is a player then burying it can increase alignment by 1 point. A dirt tile must be least three dirts above rock or water at each corner to allow burying. Corpses decay relatively fast unless inside a cave, once it has decayed any items on the corpse will form a pile of items.
Corpses may be also buried beneath a gravestone.
Note: You cannot rename a corpse.