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.).
- car·cass·less, adjective
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How to use carcass in a sentence
If the thalattosaur was a carcass when the ichthyosaur found it, the prey’s limbs would have rotted off before its tail did, the team argues.This ancient reptile’s last meal may have truly been a killer | Maria Temming | October 9, 2020 | Science News For Students
Botswana first discovered carcasses of elephants along the wildlife rich Okavango Delta in May and June but was authorities were uncertain as to the cause of the mass deaths, leaving scientists and conservationists puzzled.Scientists blame climate change for bacteria that caused the mysterious deaths of 300 African elephants | Tawanda Karombo | September 21, 2020 | Quartz
Their carcasses took a day or longer to pass through the frogs.Some beetles can be eaten by a frog, then walk out the other end | Jonathan Lambert | September 4, 2020 | Science News For Students
“The mining space is littered with the carcasses of failed mining efforts,” Silbert acknowledges.
None of these immobilized beetles survived, and their carcasses took a day or longer to pass through the frogs.Water beetles can live on after being eaten and excreted by a frog | Jonathan Lambert | August 3, 2020 | Science News
Jeb next found himself as an advisor to Barclays, which had picked through the carcass of what was left of Lehman.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior? | Lloyd Green | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I like to get the soup going using the turkey bones and carcass.Marcus Samuelsson Talks Thanksgiving: Glogg And Berbere-Spiced Turkey | Katie Baker | November 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once the bee dies, maggots eat the carcass, turn into zombie flies, and buzz off in search of their next host.
In hunting groups of fewer than 10 people, the average carcass weight per hunter without dogs was 8.4 kilograms per day.
His quartered carcass was impaled above other London city gates.
Then he just kept triggering until the gun was emptied and he had put five slugs fatally into Big Sid's carcass.
In making tires, the strips of fabric are built together about a steel core to form the body or carcass of the tire.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
That white Injun beside you will be one of the first to stick burning splinters into your carcass.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
Uncle Will and Phil set to work to cut up the carcass, first removing the hide, which the former wished to preserve.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail | Arthur R. Thompson
A practical-minded man, he preferred to owe the safety of his carcass to his rival rather than have it impaled on Apache lances.Overland | John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for carcass
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
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