- dead and putrefying flesh.
- rottenness; anything vile.
- feeding on carrion.
- dead and rotting flesh
- (modifier) eating carrioncarrion beetles
- something rotten or repulsive
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).