- 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.
- to erect the framework for (a building, ship, etc.).
Origin of carcass
Examples from the Web for carcasses
Some bison die during the violence of the rut in August; there is intense competition by bears for these rare summer carcasses.
Carcasses and wolf-kills are a dangerous food source for young bears and their mothers.
And with so many pigs dying, farms have been challenged to try to find hygienic ways to dispose of the carcasses.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon
August 20, 2014
“We carved out the carcasses and I preserved the skins,” says Kaye.Edible Taxidermy: It’s a Good Thing
August 5, 2014
Mud-caked cars sat under overpasses for months, like carcasses that refused to rot.From Katrina to the Clink: Ex New Orleans Mayor Heads to Prison
February 13, 2014
Sitting on one of the carcasses, a lepero, muffled up, smoked a cigarette.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
My salesman was instructed to inspect the carcasses after they were slaughtered, and to report.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
It was no small job to skin the carcasses and prepare the meat.Left on the Labrador
He could see that it was not the same set that were always on the carcasses of the aïs.The Forest Exiles
Guano is also manufactured in Norway from the carcasses of whales.Manures and the principles of manuring
Charles Morton Aikman
- the dead body of an animal, esp one that has been slaughtered for food, with the head, limbs, and entrails removed
- informal, usually 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 and History for carcasses
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.