carcass

or car·case

[kahr-kuh s]

noun

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 formscar·cass·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See body.
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Related Words for carcasses

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

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British Dictionary definitions for carcasses

carcass

carcase

noun

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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Word Origin and History for carcasses

carcass

n.

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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