The dead body of a chicken that is going to be eaten is an example of a carcass.
The carcass of a burned-out house.
The carcass of a former empire.
Other Word Forms
Origin of carcass
- Middle English carcas from Anglo-Norman carcais Medieval Latin carcasium
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Dated from the late 13th Century CE; from Anglo-Norman carcois, possibly related to Old French charcois. Cognate with French carcasse.