• (GA) IPA: /ˈkɑɹkəs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɑːkəs/

carcass (plural carcasses)

  1. The body of a dead animal.
    • 1992, Dorothy L. Cheney, Robert M. Seyfarth, How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species, page 284 ↗,
      Despite all of the groups' experiences with leopards and carcasses in trees, neither the vervets nor the baboons gave alarm calls at the sight of the carcass alone.
    • 2005, Maria S. Johnson, Tim R. Nagy, Chapter 10: Animal Body Composition Methods, Steven B. Heymsfield, Timothy G. Lohman, ZiMian Wang, Scott B. Going, (editors), Human Body Composition, 2nd Edition, page 141 ↗,
      Instead, the majority of studies involve freezing the carcasses until time permits the analysis.
  2. (meat trade) The body of a slaughtered animal, stripped of unwanted viscera, etc.
    • 1961, D. M. Doty, John C. Pierce, Beef Muscle Characteristics as Related to Carcass Grade, Carcass Weight, and Degree of Aging, US Department of Agriculture, Technical Bulletin No. 1231, page 33 ↗,
      Lean flavor scores for this muscle were lower than those for ribeye, especially in Prime grade carcasses.
  3. The body of a dead human, a corpse.
  4. The framework of a structure, especially one not normally seen.
  5. (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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