carcass

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noun car·cass \ˈkär-kəs\

Definition of carcass

  1. 1 :  a dead body :  corpse; especially :  the dressed body of a meat animal Butchers trimmed the meat from the carcass.

  2. 2 :  the living, material, or physical body It was nearly noon when he finally hauled his carcass out of bed.

  3. 3 :  the decaying or worthless remains of a structure the carcass of an abandoned automobile

  4. 4 :  the underlying structure or frame of something (as of a piece of furniture)

Examples of carcass in a Sentence

  1. the rusting carcass of an old truck

  2. the carcass of a squirrel that had been run over

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Origin and Etymology of carcass

Middle English carcays, from Anglo-French carcas, carkeis

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CARCASS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of carcass for English Language Learners

  • : the body of a dead animal

  • : a person's body

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


CARCASS Defined for Kids

carcass

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noun car·cass \ˈkär-kəs\

Definition of carcass for Students

  1. :  the body of an animal prepared for use as meat


Medical Dictionary

carcass

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noun car·cass \ˈkär-kəs\

Medical Definition of carcass

  1. :  a dead body :  corpse; especially :  the dressed body of a meat animal



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