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 Instead workers put a decomposition solution on it to help dispose of the carcass. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2022 Foy said investigators have taken possession of the carcass of one of the birds from the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2022 Police posted a photo of the carcass snapped by a witness showing the dead shark laying on its side on the sand. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 20 July 2022 Once the scent of a carcass lures them near a herd, healthy livestock become more vulnerable. Max G. Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Dec. 2020 Beachgoers first spotted the whale on Sunday, as tides carried its bloated carcass ashore on Half Moon Bay’s Manhattan Beach. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 The Revenant is more than Leo spitting, eating, and climbing into an actual carcass. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 23 May 2022 The coordinates for each carcass are called in, with a separate team looping back to find them in the thick forest in the afternoon and load them into body bags. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 Vultures circle a cow carcass on a farm on the road to the Apyterewa territory. Washington Post, 27 July 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for carcass


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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