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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In the 50-second clip, which has been viewed over 9,700 times on YouTube, the 22-year-old baits the reptile with a wallaby carcass in what’s believed to be a wildlife park near Darwin in the North Territory, as per Newsweek. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Danish tourist slammed by wildlife official for jumping on crocodile," 25 Sep. 2018 It was originally devised as a way to use leftover roast duck and gravy, the meat pulled from the carcass to make an irresistibly homey dish. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Take on Shepherd’s Pie, Straight From the Farm," 9 Mar. 2018 The thigh joint should separate easily from the carcass. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The Easiest Roast Chicken You'll Ever Make," 19 Feb. 2018 Federal authorities on Thursday charged another Brevig Mission man with waste after a group of hunters killed 14 walrus in 2016, removing some of the heads and leaving entire carcasses to rot. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Fourth Brevig Mission man charged with waste in killing of 14 walrus," 6 July 2018 And the death of an orca isn't the end of the cycle: a dead orca calf, sinking to the ocean bed where its carcass is scavenged, releases those PCBs back into the food web. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A decades-old pollutant is still threatening orca populations," 28 Sep. 2018 The female carcass was photographed in early 2016, but it wasn't identified until months later by shark researchers with the Gulf Elasmo Project, a shark conservation effort, according to the Journal of Fish Biology. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Species of shark thought to be extinct shows up in the last place scientists expected | Charlotte Observer," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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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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