American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Dead and decaying flesh.
- adj. Of or similar to dead and decaying flesh.
- adj. Feeding on such flesh.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dead body; a corpse; a carcass; flesh.
- n. A mere carcass: used of a living person, as a term of contempt.
- n. The dead and putrefying body or flesh of animals; flesh so corrupted as to be unfit for food.
- Dead and putrefying, as a carcass.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The dead and putrefying body or flesh of an animal; flesh so corrupted as to be unfit for food.
- n. obsolete A contemptible or worthless person; -- a term of reproach.
- adj. Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion.
- n. the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
- Middle English careine, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *carōnia, from Latin carō, flesh; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I soak up a few fingers of a bottle of mescal and sweat a lot at a table in the rear of the cantina with my back to the wall, and I watch the shadows of the zopilotes heaving past, the mangy black vultures that seem to be in the city's official employ to remove carrion from the streets, and I think mostly about what crybabies Wilson and Bryan, his paunchy windbag of a Secretary of State, have turned out to be.”
“It's bald for one reason only, no feathers, because when it gets down to carrion, which is a dead animal they start eating, bacteria cannot grow on its head, cannot grow in the feathers.”
“So they're being forced to eat birds, carrion, which is dead animals.”
“The woman had pulled the chair to the other side of the hearth and sat watching him as one would a boar feeding on carrion, that is to say with a certain measure of fascinated disgust.”
“I truly give in to despair at times, that deep, futureless pit of despair that the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins called carrion comfort.”
“Its leaves, when bruised, emit a strong smell like that of carrion, which is very loathsome.”
“Great numbers of a species of vultures, commonly called carrion crows by the sailors (_vultur aura_), were seen upon this island, and probably feed on young seal-cubs, which either die in the birth, or which they take an opportunity to seize upon.”
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“Commonly known as a carrion flower or a "corpse flower," the plant started blooming at the museum over the weekend.”
“Due to the off putting odor, these are also called carrion flowers.”
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