carcass

noun
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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Synonyms for carcass

Synonyms

bones, cadaver, corpse, corpus, corse [archaic], relics, remains, stiff

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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

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The carcasses of six cars were piled up side-by-side, pushed together by floodwater and rammed into a building. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "‘Child of Krakatau’ Brings Death to Hundreds in Indonesian Tsunami," 24 Dec. 2018 The carcasses of 87 elephants with their tusks removed from their skulls have been discovered near the Okavango Delta wildlife sanctuary, making it what some conservationists are calling elephant poaching on the largest scale ever seen in Africa. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dozens of Killed Elephants Found Near Botswana's Okavango Delta," 4 Sep. 2018 The incident follows the deaths of more than 100 sea turtles, whose carcasses recently turned up at a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific coast of Chiapas state. James Rogers, Fox News, "More than 300 vulnerable sea turtles found dead in sea off Mexico," 29 Aug. 2018 There is certainly something extreme about the serried carcasses, blackened by blow torches to burn off the fur, the faces charred in a rictus grin. The Economist, "Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless," 19 Apr. 2018 As with washing away the stink from a roll in animal carcasses, give the shampoo time to sink in — 10 minutes at least — and rinse thoroughly. Janine M. Kahn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Do When Your Dog Rolls in Disgusting Stuff, According to Vets," 5 Sep. 2018 Make no mistake: Animal carcasses and used diapers have never been recyclable materials. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 The carcasses of cars, paint scorched off and tires melted, were scattered along the streets. Umair Irfan/Vox The homes in Paradise are now almost all flattened save for their brick chimneys stubbornly standing firm. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Don’t forget to save the carcass and wing tips for a world-beating pot of collard greens. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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carcass

noun

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.

carcass

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

Kids Definition of carcass

: the body of an animal prepared for use as meat

carcass

noun
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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