The carcass of a chicken ready to be cooked.
The dead body of a chicken that is going to be eaten is an example of a carcass.
- 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 of carcassMiddle English carcais from Old French carcois from uncertain or unknown; perhaps : spelling, spelled from French carcasse
- 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 former empire.
- A framework or basic structure: the carcass of a burned-out house.
Origin of carcassMiddle English carcas from Anglo-Norman carcais Medieval Latin carcasium
Dated from the late 13th Century CE; from Anglo-Norman carcois, possibly related to Old French charcois. Cognate with French carcasse.