carrion

noun
car·​ri·​on | \ ˈker-ē-ən How to pronounce carrion (audio) , ˈka-rē- \

Definition of carrion

: dead and putrefying flesh Vultures live chiefly on carrion. also : flesh unfit for food

Examples of carrion in a Sentence

Vultures live chiefly on carrion.
Recent Examples on the Web Houseflies make themselves at home wherever there’s garbage or decaying decomposing organic waste, as well as carrion and poop. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "The buzz about San Antonio’s houseflies is that they suck — big time," 9 Dec. 2020 The result was less early-winter carrion for the park’s many scavengers, such as grizzly bears and ravens, with dead elk bunching up at the end of relatively severe winters. Nancy Averett, Scientific American, "Otters Show How Predators Can Blunt Climate Damage," 18 Nov. 2020 Nick Mooney, an Australia conservationist who has worked with Tasmanian devils for some 40 years, said feral felines are likely to return to hunting for a food source rather than relying on carrion in competition with the devils. Victoria Milko, chicagotribune.com, "Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again," 8 Oct. 2020 Nick Mooney, an Australia conservationist who has worked with Tasmanian devils for some 40 years, said feral felines are likely to return to hunting for a food source rather than relying on carrion in competition with the devils. Victoria Milko, chicagotribune.com, "Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again," 8 Oct. 2020 Nick Mooney, an Australia conservationist who has worked with Tasmanian devils for some 40 years, said feral felines are likely to return to hunting for a food source rather than relying on carrion in competition with the devils. Victoria Milko, chicagotribune.com, "Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again," 8 Oct. 2020 Nick Mooney, an Australia conservationist who has worked with Tasmanian devils for some 40 years, said feral felines are likely to return to hunting for a food source rather than relying on carrion in competition with the devils. Author: Victoria Milko, Anchorage Daily News, "Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again," 7 Oct. 2020 Nick Mooney, an Australia conservationist who has worked with Tasmanian devils for some 40 years, said feral felines are likely to return to hunting for a food source rather than relying on carrion in competition with the devils. Victoria Milko, The Christian Science Monitor, "3,000 years later, Tasmanian devils back on Australian mainland," 7 Oct. 2020 In the Tübingen group’s experiment, two carrion crows were trained to recall a previous experience to guide their behavior. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Bird Brains Are Far More Humanlike Than Once Thought," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of carrion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carrion

Middle English caroine, from Anglo-French caroine, charoine, from Vulgar Latin *caronia, irregular from Latin carn-, caro flesh — more at carnal

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“Carrion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrion. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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carrion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carrion

: the flesh of dead animals

carrion

noun
car·​ri·​on | \ ˈker-ē-ən How to pronounce carrion (audio) \

Kids Definition of carrion

: dead and decaying flesh

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