carrion


carrion

noun

  1. dead and putrefying flesh.
  2. rottenness; anything vile.

adjective

  1. feeding on carrion.

noun

  1. dead and rotting flesh
  2. (modifier) eating carrioncarrion beetles
  3. something rotten or repulsive
n.

early 13c., carione, from Anglo-French carogne (Old North French caroigne; Old French charogne, 12c., “carrion, corpse,” Modern French charogne), from Vulgar Latin *caronia “carcass” (source of Italian carogna, Spanish carroña “carrion”), from Latin caro “meat” (see carnage).

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