Carcase



carcass.
the dead body of an animal.
Slang. the body of a human being, whether living or dead.
the body of a slaughtered animal after removal of the offal.
anything from which life and power are gone:
The mining town, now a mere carcass, is a reminder of a past era.
an unfinished framework or skeleton, as of a house or ship.
the body of a furniture piece designed for storage, as a chest of drawers or wardrobe, without the drawers, doors, hardware, etc.
the inner body of a pneumatic tire, resisting by its tensile strength the pressure of the air within the tire, and protected by the tread and other parts.
to erect the framework for (a building, ship, etc.).
Historical Examples

To my surprise, the man expressed his willingness to treat with me, and suggested that I might have the carcase at the rate of 4s.
Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., December 27, 1890 Various

Let the dogs loose, Martin, that they may worry the carcase; it will do them good.
The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat

We found here the carcase of a crocodile; and the skull of another was found near our camp at Cycas Creek.
Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia Ludwig Leichhardt

A few minutes after they caught the first one its carcase was flung overboard.
The Mutiny of the Elsinore Jack London

Should the investigation in the laboratory reveal disease the carcase is burnt.
The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser

A bird of prey hovers near, ready to descend upon the carcase.
History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson

As for mine​—​well​—​I am not so partial to vultures as to wish to feast them upon my carcase.
The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley

Surely no common quarry, as the carcase of elk, antelope, or mustang?
The Death Shot Mayne Reid

They made a fire close to the carcase, and then cut off lumps of flesh, which they roasted quickly, and then ate.
Far Off Favell Lee Mortimer

When this is done, the carcase is cast loose, and the head is emptied, and let go also.
Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston

noun
the dead body of an animal, esp one that has been slaughtered for food, with the head, limbs, and entrails removed
(informal) generally (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
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.

noun

A human body; one’s body, esp if heavy: set his carcass on the couch

contact with a, made an Israelite ceremonially unclean, and made whatever he touched also unclean, according to the Mosaic law (Hag. 2:13; comp. Num. 19:16, 22; Lev. 11:39).

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