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- n. an executioner
- n. a butcher
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The public executioner at Rome, who executed persons of the lowest rank; hence, an executioner or hangman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A public executioner; a hangman; hence, as a term of abuse, a wretch.
- n. [capitalized] In ornithology: A genus of hawks: same as Micrastur. Lesson, 1842. [Not in use.] A genus of birds: same as Phænicercus.
From Latin carnifex ("butcher") (Wiktionary)