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The regular modern English form would be *carren, *carron /ˈkæɹ.ən/ (this is found dialectally; see similar kyarn); the intervening /i/ is probably a hypercorrection based on the analogy of words like merlin/merlion.
- (chiefly uncountable) Dead flesh; carcasses.
- Vultures feed on carrion.
- 1596 (date written; published 1633), Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande […], Dublin: […] Societie of Stationers, […], →OCLC; republished as A View of the State of Ireland […] (Ancient Irish Histories), Dublin: […] Society of Stationers, […] Hibernia Press, […] [b]y John Morrison, 1809, →OCLC:
- They did eat the dead carrions.
- 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House:
- He brought down with him to our haunted house a little cask of salt beef; for, he is always convinced that all salt beef not of his own pickling, is mere carrion […]
- (countable, obsolete, derogatory) A contemptible or worthless person.
dead flesh; carcasses
(obsolete in English) contemptible or worthless person