Carcass definition

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The dead body of an animal, especially one slaughtered for food.
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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.

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The framework or base structure, as of a ship, tire, etc.
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The worthless remains of something, esp. its outer shell.
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A framework or basic structure.

The carcass of a burned-out house.

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The dead body of an animal, often specif. of a slaughtered animal dressed as meat.
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Body of a dead animal.
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Body of a dead human.
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Framework of a structure, especially one not normally seen.
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(nautical) An early incendiary ship-to-ship projectile consisting of an iron shell filled with saltpetre, sulphur, resin, turpentine, antimony and tallow with vents for flame.
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The human body, living or dead.
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Remains from which the substance or character is gone.

The carcass of a former empire.

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The body of a human.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carcass
Plural:
carcasses

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.

    From Wiktionary