car·​cass | \ ˈkär-kəs How to pronounce carcass (audio) \

Definition of carcass

1 : a dead body : corpse especially : the dressed body of a meat animal Butchers trimmed the meat from the carcass.
2 : the living, material, or physical body It was nearly noon when he finally hauled his carcass out of bed.
3 : the decaying or worthless remains of a structure the carcass of an abandoned automobile
4 : the underlying structure or frame of something (as of a piece of furniture)

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Examples of carcass in a Sentence

the rusting carcass of an old truck the carcass of a squirrel that had been run over
Recent Examples on the Web In a now famous portrait, from 1943, a father and son in hunting garb eye the camera from behind the enormous carcass of an antlered buck. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 13 July 2021 The carcass of a 41-foot adult female gray whale landed at San Francisco’s Crissy Field on March 31. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2021 The carcass of a 41-foot adult female gray whale landed at San Francisco's Crissy Field on March 31. CBS News, 10 Apr. 2021 Then the predator would have gone to work on the carcass, trying to swallow it whole or in very large chunks, like an alligator ingesting its prey. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, 20 Aug. 2020 The city felt apocalyptic back then—a rotting, dilapidated carcass in grim decline. Roger Bennett, WSJ, 2 July 2021 Safe carcass handling recommendations are often found scattered across the internet on hunting blogs and social media platforms. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 That was the case Thursday, when runners followed a course altered earlier in the week to avoid a stretch of trail where bears have been eating — and defending — a moose carcass. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 Single shoes, liquor bottles, a hoodie, netting for catching fish and even a bird carcass got the heave-ho. Amy Lavalley,, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of carcass

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carcass

Middle English carcays, from Anglo-French carcas, carkeis

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The first known use of carcass was in the 14th century

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31 Jul 2021

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“Carcass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carcass

: the body of a dead animal
informal + humorous : a person's body
: the remaining parts of an old vehicle, structure, etc.


car·​cass | \ ˈkär-kəs How to pronounce carcass (audio) \

Kids Definition of carcass

: the body of an animal prepared for use as meat


car·​cass | \ ˈkär-kəs How to pronounce carcass (audio) \

Medical Definition of carcass

: a dead body : corpse especially : the dressed body of a meat animal

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