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


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 company told the regulator a carcass that was awaiting test results had been mistakenly put back into the production line, where it was processed into a variety of products. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "California meat-processing company recalls nearly 25,000 pounds of raw beef deemed unsafe to eat," 5 Sep. 2019 There were multiple shark sightings reported over the holiday weekend, including a great white shark dining on a whale carcass off Duxbury Beach. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Beach towns on Cape Cod brace for peak of shark season," 3 Sep. 2019 Instead, there was a carcass of a humpback whale nearby that the shark was after, Riley posted in subsequent pictures. Fox News, "Real-life 'Jaws'? Massive great white shark almost bites fisherman's boat," 30 Aug. 2019 Biologists from Fish and Game searched for the moose, following a blood trail, but never found a carcass. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "A moose charged his 3-year-old son in an Anchorage park. He shot and killed it.," 27 Aug. 2019 To test this theory, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) gave the crabs a pig carcass to feast on. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Was Amelia Earhart Eaten by Crabs?," 26 Aug. 2019 And the one after that had a dead bear carcass in it. Adrienne Marshall, The Conversation, "Climate change will mean more multiyear snow droughts in the West," 8 Aug. 2019 Hours into the excursion, the men felt a strong tug at one of their lines with a salmon carcass as bait. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Great white shark pulls fishing boat around San Francisco Bay," 15 July 2019 The chain of events that have led the Thunder from Presti’s would-be dynasty into a decomposing carcass of a contender aren’t entirely anyone’s fault. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It's time for Thunder to cut ties with Russell Westbrook, start rebuilding," 6 July 2019

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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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The first known use of carcass was in the 14th century

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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.


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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to make a temporary encampment

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