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)
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 of carcass from the Web
But when officers looked inside the man's garbage can, the bag containing the chicken carcass was no longer there.
Those finding physical evidence of a cougar such as scat, tracks or a carcass, are asked not to disturb the area and to keep the physical evidence intact.
En route, a smaller predator, a Great Jagras, ignores Tokuda, attacking one of the resting herbivores instead before slurping its carcass up whole.
Wimmer and other local organizations are considering pulling one of the carcasses to shore to perform a necropsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Mattress carcasses, burnt down to the springs, were piled outside the former furniture outlet.
Insects lay eggs in the carcasses, creating food for mongooses and ibis.
But their contribution extends well beyond the riverbanks because their carcasses, dragged into the forests by bears, also nourish mosses, trees, insects, songbirds, wolves, and more.
Researchers like Sumida have found, for example, that dead whales provide a pulse of food to nutrient-starved ocean floors, enabling a specialized ecosystem to flourish on the decaying carcasses.
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Origin and Etymology of carcass
Middle English carcays, from Anglo-French carcas, carkeis
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CARCASS Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of carcass for Students
: the body of an animal prepared for use as meat
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