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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Fisheries and Oceans Canada reported that the carcass of a North Atlantic right whale was discovered on the shore of Anticosti Island. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Fifth North Atlantic right whale found dead in Canadian waters," 27 June 2019 More: Louisville is the 'snakiest city' in Kentucky and all this rain has them slithering out The birds can be valuable contributors to the ecosystem, disposing cleanly of animal carcasses. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Black vultures eat animals alive and terrorize Kentucky farms. But the feds protect them," 25 June 2019 The carcasses of any creatures that can’t flee – worms, burrowing crabs, brittle stars – lie motionless in the mud. Sarah Kaplan, Twin Cities, "‘A major punch in the gut’: Midwest rains projected to create Gulf dead zone," 11 June 2019 Non-lethal deterrents like fencing, alarm devices, hazing and removal of carcasses must be documented before a permit to kill a wolf can be issued. oregonlive.com, "Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt hotly contested wolf management plan," 7 June 2019 First, the carcass had to be secured around the peduncle, the portion of a whale’s body that tapers back to the fluke. New York Times, "A Beached Whale Needs Somewhere to Rot. How About Your Place?," 17 June 2019 Tissues are taken for research, and the carcass goes to a rendering plant. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 That is why carcasses begin to smell bad soon after the animals die—microbes create noxious chemicals that discourage larger beings from stealing their food. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Smithsonian, "How Do Fossils Form?," 8 June 2019 The carcass has since been sent to a state lab for a necropsy and analysis. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Bicyclist who died in cougar attack had strong ties to Boston," 22 May 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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