carcass

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Etymology[edit]

Dated from the late 13th Century CE; from Anglo-Norman carcois, possibly related to Old French charcois. Cognate with French carcasse.

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  • (file)

Noun[edit]

carcass (plural carcasses)

  1. Body of a dead animal.
  2. Body of a dead human.
  3. Framework of a structure, especially one not normally seen.
  4. (nautical) An early incendiary ship-to-ship projectile consisting of an iron shell filled with saltpetre, sulphur, resin, turpentine, antimony and tallow with vents for flame.

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  • carcass” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).