carcass

noun
car·cass | \ˈkär-kəs \

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

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The Russian Jewish artist Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), who spent most of his life in Paris, is best known for bloody, ecstatic paintings of beef carcasses. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Without a free pass to pollute, the carriage operators who had been leaving dead horses in the streets were at a disadvantage when a new technology came along that didn’t produce piles of manure and leave carcasses behind. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 Although much is still being learned about its spread, movement of live CWD-positive animals or of carcasses containing the infectious prions are considered the leading means for long-distance distribution of the disease. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 2018 Beheadings were commonplace, hearts pulled out of carcasses, screaming men nailed to tables, brawls so primal that adversaries bit chunks of flesh out of one another. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "After that wild 'Westworld' finale, the robots aren't the only ones disoriented," 26 June 2018 Then the single knife onboard is so dull that dismembering and cleaning the carcasses takes up the remaining daylight hours. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "Anthony Bourdain’s Extreme Empathy," 10 June 2018 Scraps of animal carcasses and bone lay scattered from her meals in her pen. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Can Mexican gray wolves survive in Mexico? Ranchers, advocates square off in familiar debate," 13 May 2018 Stray dogs and groups of vultures dot the landscape scavenging the frozen carcasses. Max Baring, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mongolian herders leave nomadic lifestyle for the city," 3 May 2018 Cattle and horses began disappearing shortly thereafter, with the eventual discovery of several carcasses leading to the belief that the devil in the lake had grown hungry for meat. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man," 25 Apr. 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

: a person's body

: the remaining parts of an old vehicle, structure, etc.

carcass

noun
car·cass | \ˈkär-kəs \

Kids Definition of carcass

: the body of an animal prepared for use as meat

carcass

noun
car·cass | \ˈkär-kəs \

Medical Definition of carcass 

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

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