Definition of carcass noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also British English, less frequent carcase) noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɑːkəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrkəs//
Animal farming
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the dead body of an animal, especially of a large one or of one that is ready for cutting up as meat vultures scavenging for carcasses on the road She boiled up the chicken carcass (= the bones of a cooked chicken) to make soup. See related entries: Animal farming Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French carcois, variant of Old French charcois; in later use from French carcasse; of unknown ultimate origin.
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