carrion

[ kar-ee-uh n ]
/ ˈkær i ən /

noun

dead and putrefying flesh.
rottenness; anything vile.

adjective

feeding on carrion.

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Origin of carrion

1175–1225; Middle English caroyne, careyn, carion < Anglo-French careine, Old French charo(i)gne < Vulgar Latin *caronia, equivalent to Latin carun- (see caruncle) + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for carrion

carrion
/ (ˈkærɪən) /

noun

dead and rotting flesh
(modifier) eating carrioncarrion beetles
something rotten or repulsive

Word Origin for carrion

C13: from Anglo-French caroine, ultimately from Latin carō flesh
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