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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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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 Their cause was initially a mystery; Botswana ordered laboratory tests to be carried out on carcass, soil and water samples as speculation grew over the deaths. Brent Swails And Zamira Rahim, CNN, "Toxins in water blamed for deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana," 21 Sep. 2020 Reindeer herders on the Siberian island of Bolshoy Lyakhovsky recently stumbled across the frozen carcass of a cave bear. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Beautifully preserved cave bears emerge from Siberian permafrost," 14 Sep. 2020 Hence a group of black vultures often will drive off a turkey vulture from a carcass. René A. Guzman,, "S.A.’s Common Critters: Turkey vultures, black vultures more than just Mother Nature’s cleanup crew," 22 Sep. 2020 That said, every new carcass provides a body of clues for the biologists investigating the event. Popular Science, "Thousands of dying birds out West could reveal an even bigger environmental tragedy," 18 Sep. 2020 The cave bear carcass presents several opportunities for new research into Ice Age ecosystems. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ice Age Cave Bear Found Preserved in Permafrost on Siberian Island," 17 Sep. 2020 The Maclaren bird was near a caribou carcass, probably making a convenient meal from a hunter’s leftovers. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "In a far from normal autumn on the Denali Highway, a Steller’s sea eagle makes a rare appearance," 5 Sep. 2020 The researchers haven't ruled out the possibility that the bite marks occurred shortly after death as the Purussaurus dismembered the sloth's carcass. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "13 million-year-old bite marks on fossil reveal 'strongest bite force ever measured in the animal kingdom'," 25 Aug. 2020 On our game drives, wildlife tumbled out of the bush, one breathless David Attenborough moment after the other; a leopard on the hunt, a lion cub with a baboon carcass, elephants by the dozen, thick herds of impala. Alexandra Fuller, Travel + Leisure, "The Unexpected Lessons One Writer Learned From Returning To Her African Homeland," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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10 Oct 2020

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“Carcass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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