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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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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Photo by Adrian Smith The nests of Florida ants called Formica archboldi are adorned with the carcasses of their enemies — namely, the heads of other species known as trap-jaw ants. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "High-speed video solves how Florida ants furnish their nests with their enemies’ bodies," 18 Nov. 2018 After bringing the crocodile to a halt by distracting him with the carcass, Jensen walks behind the creature, hops on its back and beams at the camera. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Danish tourist slammed by wildlife official for jumping on crocodile," 25 Sep. 2018 However, in the case of CWD, if the owner disposes the carcass at the direction of Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the compensation can exceed $1,500. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why are deer farms compensated for diseased herds?," 9 June 2018 The wolf-man-bear-thing in question will be sent to Bozeman, Mont. for tissue samples before the carcass is then transported for further study to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife lab in Oregon. Matthew Martinez, idahostatesman, "Wolf-dog? Wolf-man? 'Something mythical'? Montana authorities trying to ID this beast | Idaho Statesman," 25 May 2018 The warden recovered the eagle carcass at the second location. Community Report Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes," 1 May 2018 As recently as 2014, there were coyote-killing contests in California, with prizes offered for the most pelts and the heaviest carcass. Peter Rowe,, "Back story: Living with your not-so-friendly neighborhood coyotes," 29 Apr. 2018 This one did, in the form of crisp-skinned breast, a dish of unctuous rillettes, and a sauce made from the carcass in an old-fashioned French duck press. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 Often, when whales die, their carcasses sink or wash up onto remote beaches and are hard to find and test. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 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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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

: a person's body

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


car·​cass | \ˈkär-kəs \

Kids Definition of carcass

: the body of an animal prepared for use as meat


car·​cass | \ˈkär-kəs \

Medical Definition of carcass 

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

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