car·​cass | \ ˈkär-kəs How to pronounce carcass (audio) \

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 In 2017, the carcass of a 250-pound female white sturgeon measuring over nine feet long was found at Keno Dam. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 There were also human boot tracks — presumably from the ranch manager who found the carcass. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 The carcass became negatively buoyant due to the feed and sank to the sea bed, providing food for other sea creatures for years to come. People Staff,, 31 Aug. 2021 To figure out how the fish made its way so close to Lake Michigan, Rogner's staff sent the carcass to an Illinois lab to analyze its ear bones. Dan Egan,, 30 Aug. 2021 Scientists have not yet been able to visit the site of the discovery – the ancient carcass was found a long way from Yakutsk, which itself is more than 5,000 miles from Moscow. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Save the carcass for making chicken stock, if you‘d like. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 The carcass then landed in the oncoming path of the Buick, whose driver and passenger were not injured. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 31 July 2021 The Dodgers could do worse than pick over the Pirates’ carcass for Chris Stratton, who has posted a 2.58 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021

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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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“Carcass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carcass

: the body of a dead animal
: 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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