carcass


carcass

noun

  1. the dead body of an animal.
  2. Slang. the body of a human being, whether living or dead.
  3. the body of a slaughtered animal after removal of the offal.
  4. anything from which life and power are gone: The mining town, now a mere carcass, is a reminder of a past era.
  5. an unfinished framework or skeleton, as of a house or ship.
  6. the body of a furniture piece designed for storage, as a chest of drawers or wardrobe, without the drawers, doors, hardware, etc.
  7. 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.

verb (used with object)

  1. to erect the framework for (a building, ship, etc.).

noun

  1. the dead body of an animal, esp one that has been slaughtered for food, with the head, limbs, and entrails removed
  2. informal, usually facetious, or derogatory a person’s body
  3. the skeleton or framework of a structure
  4. 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.

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