or car·case

[ kahr-kuh s ]
/ ˈkɑr kəs /


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

car·cass·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See body. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carcass

British Dictionary definitions for carcass



/ (ˈkɑːkəs) /


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 for carcass

C14: from Old French carcasse, of obscure origin
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