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carcass

Definitions

  • The lynx, bear and eagle go after the hunters' buffalo carcass
    The lynx, bear and eagle go after the hunters' buffalo carcass
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carcass the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scalding pig carcasses Scalding pig carcasses

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep's carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.
    • Carcass A dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the dead body of a beast. "He turned to see the carcass of the lion.""This kept thousands in the town whose carcasses went into the great pits by cartloads."
    • Carcass (Mil) A hollow case or shell, filled with combustibles, to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer, to set fire to buldings, ships, etc. "A discharge of carcasses and bombshells."
    • Carcass The abandoned and decaying remains of some bulky and once comely thing, as a ship; the skeleton, or the uncovered or unfinished frame, of a thing. "A rotten carcass of a boat."
    • Carcass The living body; -- now commonly used in contempt or ridicule. "To pamper his own carcass .""Lovely her face; was ne'er so fair a creature.
      For earthly carcass had a heavenly feature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carcass The dead body of an animal; a corpse: not now commonly applied to a dead human body, except in contempt.
    • n carcass The body of a living animal, especially of a large animal; in contempt, the human body.
    • n carcass Figuratively, the decaying remains of a bulky thing, as of a boat or ship.
    • n carcass The frame or main parts of a thing unfinished, or without ornament, as the timberwork of a house before it is lathed or plastered or the floors are laid, or the keel, ribs, etc., of a ship.
    • n carcass An iron case, shell, or hollow vessel filled with combustible and other substances, as gunpowder, saltpeter, sulphur, broken glass, turpentine, etc., thrown from a mortar or howitzer, and intended to set fire to a building, ship, or wooden defense. It has two or three apertures, from which the tire mazes, and is sometimes made to serve by its light as a guide in throwing shells. It is sometimes equipped with pistol-barrels loaded with powder to the muzzle, which explode as the composition burns down to them.
    • carcass To erect or set up the carcass or framework of a building or a ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carcass kär′kas a dead body or corpse, no longer used of the human body: the framework of anything: a ruin: a kind of bombshell.
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Quotations

  • Amos Bronson Alcott
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    “A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. carcasse, fr. It. carcassa, fr. L. caro, flesh + capsa, chest, box, case. Cf. Carnal Case a sheath
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. carcasse, a skeleton (It. carcasso, a quiver), prob. from Late Gr. tarkasion, which is perh. the Pers. tarkash, a quiver.

Usage

In literature:

Carefully concealing themselves, they followed the man as he dragged the carcass to the camp.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
He was now quite near the ship; but the sharks had quickly disposed of the carcass of their companion, and were again after him.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
The bear, he well knows, will revisit the carcass.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He could see that it was not the same set that were always on the carcasses of the ais.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Now and then a drowned sheep and once the carcass of a cow floated past.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
Right by the carcass was another that jumped about in the moonlight in a foolish way.
"The Biography of a Grizzly" by Ernest Thompson Seton
They tore away the snow and uncovered the whole carcass of a winter-killed elk that had been refrigerating there for months.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
The carcass should be well rounded at each side, but level on the back and on the belly.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
He could see that it was not the same set that were always on the carcasses of the ais.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The Indians soon killed all the horses but one, and the men used their carcasses as breastworks, behind which to fight.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
Then he came upon the carcass of a sheep, torn and partly eaten.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
At the door of his teepee he picked up the two little carcasses and entered.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Out of every building bodies were taken like carcasses out of a slaughter pen.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
A bear was always acceptable meat to a settler, and I at once decided to stalk the brute and pack his carcass to the Grisdol cabin.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
These naked Maroons cared nothing about the Storm, whose torrents ran off their well-oiled carcasses like water off a Duck's back.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Whenever an attempt was made to move away, the current or the wind changed and the carcass of the monster followed the ship.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
A crowd of birds busy about the carcass rose clamouring in the air and flew away.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
One of the largest carcasses, partly full of the combustible, 216 lb.
"The Defence of Stonington (Connecticut) Against a British Squadron, August 9th to 12th, 1814" by J. Hammond Trumbull
He swung the light near the ground again, pointing to the trampled footprints among the mangled carcasses.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
Remove the skull from the carcass and clean it by cutting and scraping away all meat, pulling out the eyeballs, and scooping out the brain.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
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In poetry:

Wept you, oh, wept you, alone by the river,
When my stark carcass you secretly sank.
Ha, now I see that you tremble and shiver;
'T was but my spirit that passed when you shrank!
"The Murdered Lover" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Then I put on the bridle and I fixed it to fit,
It wasn't the first time that he'd champed a bit.
I threw on my saddle and I cinched it right down.
Then I crawled his old carcass--I was headed for town.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
The egregious rustic put to death
A bull by stopping of its breath,
Disposed the carcass in a shed
With fragrant herbs and branches spread,
And, having well performed the charm,
Sat down to wait the promised swarm.
"The Bees and Flies" by Rudyard Kipling
On water-gruel he lives, and dies,—
For death makes free his soul for the skies;
And as for its carcass asleep,—
Into his muscles the surgeon pries;
For Science claims such cheap supplies,
Society's pay for his keep!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. X. Slop-Jobbing" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Ah! 'twas you, then, Johnny Rich,
Yelling out at such a pitch,
For a decent man to help you, while you fell into the ditch:
'Tisn't quite the thing to say,
But we ought to've let you lay,
While your drunken carcass died a-drinkin' water any way.
"Johnny Rich" by William McKendree Carleton
Ere rivers league against the land
In piratry of flood, Ye know what waters steal and stand
Where seldom water stood. Yet who will note, Till fields afloat, And washen carcass and the returning well,
Trumpet what these poor heralds strove to tell?
"Before a Midnight Breaks in Storm" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

MALIBU, Calif (AP) — A whale carcass rotting near celebrity homes in Malibu is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who's responsible for getting rid of it.
Rotting whale carcass on Malibu shore posing gigantic cleanup problem near celebrity homes.
People look at a dead whale that washed up in Malibu, Calif. MALIBU, Calif — A whale carcass rotting near celebrity homes in Malibu is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who's responsible for getting rid of it.
City News Service says the 40,000-pound carcass of a male fin whale washed up Monday between Paradise Cove and Point Dume.
A tire carcass stands ready for curing.
A Massachusetts marine biologist who examined a 13-foot great white shark carcass found ashore near the Rhode Island state line wasn't able to determine how the shark died, state officials said Sunday.
Wildlife officials in eastern Idaho say they were unable Sunday to find a grizzly bear wounded a day earlier by elk hunters as they tried to retrieve a six-point bull elk carcass in the Island Park area west of Yellowstone National Park.
At least 7 carcasses have turned up.
Hans Penmanship, Jiffy TIp, Deer Carcasses, and more.
Afghan horsemen tussle for control of a goat carcass during a buzkashi match.
His carcass as found near Kauai's Ninini lighthouse last month.
Due to the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania last month, hunters may not bring whole deer carcasses killed anywhere in Pennsylvania back into Virginia.
SAN ANTONIO—The deer carcass, stiff from being put on ice, was weighed and then hung by its back legs from an elevated rail.
Kurt Krummel of Big Steer Markets on the East side of St Paul spreads a bag of ice on several deer carcasses.
But first, lawmakers are dealing with 41 polar bear carcasses.
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