- IPA: /ˈkæ.ɹi.ən/
- (mostly, uncountable) Dead flesh; carcasses.
- Vultures feed on carrion.
- They did eat the dead carrions.
- 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 119
- Perhaps the Purple Emperor is feasting, as Morris says, upon a mass of putrid carrion at the base of an oak tree.
- (countable, obsolete, derogatory) A contemptible or worthless person.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
- Old feeble carrions.
- French: charogne
- German: Aas, Kadaver
- Italian: carogna
- Portuguese: carniça
- Russian: па́даль
- Spanish: carroña
- German: Aas