car·​cass ˈkär-kəs How to pronounce carcass (audio)
: a dead body : corpse
especially : the dressed body of a meat animal
Butchers trimmed the meat from the carcass.
: the living, material, or physical body
It was nearly noon when he finally hauled his carcass out of bed.
: the decaying or worthless remains of a structure
the carcass of an abandoned automobile
: the underlying structure or frame of something (as of a piece of furniture)

Examples of carcass in a Sentence

the rusting carcass of an old truck the carcass of a squirrel that had been run over
Recent Examples on the Web When taking part in outdoor activities, people should take precautions against flea bites and avoid handling animal carcasses, according to the World Health Organization. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Nepali deposited a fresh carcass outside the enclosure gate, then slid the door open. Meera Subramanian, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 The decaying carcass was found on Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, where officials told onlookers to keep their distance from the massive mammal. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 People work around the carcass of a dead whale in Lido Beach, New York, on January 31, 2023. Bill Weir, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Further investigation allegedly revealed three more carcasses of dead dogs in various stages of decomposition in the master bedroom and empty dog cages and shredded furniture in a spare bedroom, The Augusta Press reported, citing the incident report. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 The carcass of the adult mule deer buck was recovered from the Promontory, a landmass that separates the south and southeast arms of Yellowstone Lake in the southeastern section of the park with the help of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the National Park Service (NPS) said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2023 Without oxygen, microbes can’t break down a carcass as effectively or quickly, allowing the body to remain intact for ages as a biological time capsule. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 And if Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia leave, the ACC would become a carcass. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English carcays, from Anglo-French carcas, carkeis

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Carcass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


car·​cass ˈkär-kəs How to pronounce carcass (audio)
: a dead body
especially : the body of a meat animal prepared for market

Medical Definition


car·​cass ˈkär-kəs How to pronounce carcass (audio)
: a dead body : corpse
especially : the dressed body of a meat animal

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