- The definition of a carcass is a dead body, especially one of an animal that has been consumed or dressed for consumption.
The dead body of a chicken that is going to be eaten is an example of a carcass.
The carcass of a chicken ready to be cooked.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the dead body of an animal, often specif. of a slaughtered animal dressed as meat
- the human body, living or dead: scornful or humorous usage
- the worthless remains of something, esp. its outer shell
- the framework or base structure, as of a ship, tire, etc.
Origin: Middle English carcais ; from Old French carcois ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps : spelling, spelled ; from French carcasse
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- The dead body of an animal, especially one slaughtered for food.
- The body of a human.
- Remains from which the substance or character is gone: the carcass of a once glorious empire.
- A framework or basic structure: the carcass of a burned-out building.
Origin: Middle English carcas, from Anglo-Norman carcais and Medieval Latin carcasium.