carrion

noun car·ri·on \ ˈker-ē-ən , ˈka-rē- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of carrion

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

Examples of carrion in a Sentence

  1. Vultures live chiefly on carrion.

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Origin and Etymology of carrion

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


CARRION Defined for English Language Learners

carrion

noun

Definition of carrion for English Language Learners

  • : the flesh of dead animals


CARRION Defined for Kids

carrion

noun car·ri·on \ ˈker-ē-ən \

Definition of carrion for Students

: dead and decaying flesh


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