- dead and putrefying flesh.
- rottenness; anything vile.
- feeding on carrion.
Origin of carrion
Examples from the Web for carrion
Carrion resigned as Bronx borough president to join the Obama administration in Washington.The NYC Mayor’s Race is Tomorrow, Here’s What to Look Out For
November 4, 2013
Already the carrion birds had gathered in incredible numbers.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
There was the scent of carrion in the air now; I saw it in his eyes.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
But you are learning, cur; you are learning by the pain of your fat carcase; is it not so, carrion?Bardelys the Magnificent
"Unshackle me this carrion, and heave it overboard," was the harsh order.The Sea-Hawk
Offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
- dead and rotting flesh
- (modifier) eating carrioncarrion beetles
- something rotten or repulsive
Word Origin and History for carrion
early 13c., carione, from Anglo-French carogne (Old North French caroigne; Old French charogne, 12c., "carrion, corpse," Modern French charogne), from Vulgar Latin *caronia "carcass" (source of Italian carogna, Spanish carroña "carrion"), from Latin caro "meat" (see carnage).