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Meaning of CARCASS

Pronunciation:  'kârkus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food

CARCASS is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: carcase
 See Also: body, dead body



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Car"cass\ (k[aum]r"kas), n.; pl. {Carcasses}. [Written
also {carcase}.] [F. carcasse, fr. It. carcassa, fr. L. caro
flesh + capsa chest, box, case. Cf. {Carnal}, {Case} a
1. A dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now
   commonly the dead body of a beast.

         He turned to see the carcass of the lion. --Judges
                                               xiv. 8.

         This kept thousands in the town whose carcasses went
         into the great pits by cartloads.     --De Foe.

2. The living body; -- now commonly used in contempt or
   ridicule. ``To pamper his own carcass.'' --South.

         Lovely her face; was ne'er so fair a creature. For
         earthly carcass had a heavenly feature. --Oldham.

3. The abandoned and decaying remains of some bulky and once
   comely thing, as a ship; the skeleton, or the uncovered or
   unfinished frame, of a thing.

         A rotten carcass of a boat.           --Shak.

4. (Mil.) A hollow case or shell, filled with combustibles,
   to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer, to set fire to
   buldings, ships, etc.

         A discharge of carcasses and bombshells. --W. Iving.

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