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carrion

[ kar-ee-uhn ]
/ ˈkær i ən /
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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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