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carrion

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noun car·ri·on \ˈker-ē-ən, ˈka-rē-\

Simple Definition of carrion

  • : the flesh of dead animals

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of carrion

  1. :  dead and putrefying flesh; also :  flesh unfit for food

Examples of carrion in a sentence

  1. Vultures live chiefly on carrion.



Origin and Etymology of carrion

Middle English caroine, from Anglo-French caroine, charoine, from Vulgar Latin *caronia, irregular from Latin carn-, caro flesh — more at carnal


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with carrion


CARRION Defined for Kids

carrion

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noun car·ri·on \ˈker-ē-ən\

Definition of carrion for Students

  1. :  dead and decaying flesh




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