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[kahr-kuh s]
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noun, verb (used with object), car·cased, car·cas·ing.
  1. carcass.
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or car·case

[kahr-kuh s]
  1. the dead body of an animal.
  2. Slang. the body of a human being, whether living or dead.
  3. the body of a slaughtered animal after removal of the offal.
  4. anything from which life and power are gone: The mining town, now a mere carcass, is a reminder of a past era.
  5. an unfinished framework or skeleton, as of a house or ship.
  6. the body of a furniture piece designed for storage, as a chest of drawers or wardrobe, without the drawers, doors, hardware, etc.
  7. 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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to erect the framework for (a building, ship, etc.).
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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 formscar·cass·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See body.
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Related Words

body, cadaver, corpse, framework, hulk, remains, shell, skeleton, stiff, mort

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.

British Dictionary definitions for carcase



  1. the dead body of an animal, esp one that has been slaughtered for food, with the head, limbs, and entrails removed
  2. informal, usually facetious, or derogatory a person's body
  3. the skeleton or framework of a structure
  4. the remains of anything when its life or vitality is gone; shell
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French carcasse, of obscure origin
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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.

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