- 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 carcass
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?
December 15, 2014
I like to get the soup going using the turkey bones and carcass.Marcus Samuelsson Talks Thanksgiving: Glogg And Berbere-Spiced Turkey
November 22, 2012
Once the bee dies, maggots eat the carcass, turn into zombie flies, and buzz off in search of their next host.When ‘Zombees’ Attack
October 11, 2012
He then deposits the carcass back in the woods, where Mother Nature takes care of the cleanup.How to Catch a Giant Python
February 28, 2010
He could stuff it inside the carcass of a cow, a donkey, even a person.The Real-Life Hurt Locker
February 2, 2010
Now and then, a drowned sheep, and once the carcass of a cow, floated past.Tanglewood Tales
Right by the carcass was another that jumped about in the moonlight in a foolish way.The Biography of a Grizzly
Where the carcass is the vultures are on deck, or words similar.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
When the hare is caught the carcass should be given to the young hounds to tear in pieces.The Sportsman
Cut a soft-wood board core, making it some smaller than outline of carcass.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
- 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 carcass
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.