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 first private-beach owners to respond, a Washington state couple, received their carcass earlier this month. Washington Post, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 The first private-beach owners to respond, a Washington state couple, received their carcass earlier this month. Gillian Flaccus,, "So many whales are dying on the West Coast that officials are asking owners of private beaches to let them rot there," 21 June 2019 Because the antelope are wild animals that can’t be domesticated and shorn, the only way to get the wool is to kill them and strip it from their carcasses. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 In carcasses of foie gras ducks hanging in the slaughterhouse, the swollen livers puffed out of the puckered, plucked torsos. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Can New York City Live Without Foie Gras? We May Soon Find Out," 22 Aug. 2019 An Alaska man has been federally charged with illegally killing a polar bear and leaving its carcass to rot in his front yard for five months, authorities said last week. Fox News, "Alaska man illegally killed polar bear, left wasting carcass in front yard for months: authorities," 17 July 2019 Instead, reports Denverite, the geese were carted off to a meat processing center, where they were killed and their carcasses cooked for families in need. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Protesters flock to Washington Park to protest Denver culling Canada geese," 6 July 2019 Lead ammunition, when consumed in carcasses by carrion-eating birds such as the California condor, bald eagle and others, can cause sickness and death, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Tom Stienstra,, "California hunters face nation’s first lead ammo ban," 16 June 2019 Those checks include verifying that the carcasses are free of disease and contaminants and that the factory is following proper sanitation practices. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, "Tyson wants fewer government inspectors in one of its beef plants. Food safety advocates are raising alarms.," 14 Aug. 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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