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[kahr-kuh s] /ˈkɑr kəs/
noun, verb (used with object), carcased, carcasing.


or carcase

[kahr-kuh s] /ˈkɑr kəs/
the dead body of an animal.
Slang. the body of a human being, whether living or dead.
the body of a slaughtered animal after removal of the offal.
anything from which life and power are gone:
The mining town, now a mere carcass, is a reminder of a past era.
an unfinished framework or skeleton, as of a house or ship.
the body of a furniture piece designed for storage, as a chest of drawers or wardrobe, without the drawers, doors, hardware, etc.
the inner body of a pneumatic tire, resisting by its tensile strength the pressure of the air within the tire, and protected by the tread and other parts.
verb (used with object)
to erect the framework for (a building, ship, etc.).
Origin of carcass
1250-1300; < Middle French carcasse < Italian carcassa; replacing Middle English carkeis, carkois < Anglo-French, corresponding to Medieval Latin carcosium; ultimately origin obscure
Related forms
carcassless, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See body. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for carcase
Historical Examples
  • On cutting the carcase open, Johnson found nothing but water in the stomach.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Where the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

  • When it floated up it drifted away, and Gobila's people secured the carcase.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • Not as yet had her fortune become as a carcase to the birds.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

  • He hurried, for the freezing process was going on in his carcase, and he was afraid.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Let the dogs loose, Martin, that they may worry the carcase; it will do them good.

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • A few minutes after they caught the first one its carcase was flung overboard.

  • If my carcase be good for nothing, I hereby make it over to you.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Strike off this Christian's head, and cast his carcase to the fishes!'

    The Boy Crusaders John G. Edgar
British Dictionary definitions for carcase


the dead body of an animal, esp one that has been slaughtered for food, with the head, limbs, and entrails removed
(informal) generally (facetious or derogatory) a person's body
the skeleton or framework of a structure
the remains of anything when its life or vitality is gone; shell
Word Origin
C14: from Old French carcasse, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for carcase



late 13c., from Anglo-French carcois, from or influenced by Old French charcois (Modern French carcasse) "trunk of a body, chest, carcass," and Anglo-Latin carcosium "dead body," all of uncertain origin. Not used of humans after c.1750, except contemptuously. Italian carcassa probably is a French loan word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for carcase



A human body; one's body, esp if heavy: set his carcass on the couch

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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