from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An animal that feeds upon carrion: said especially of vultures and caracaras.
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Suffice it to say that the list includes every carrion-feeder among flesh and fowl who assemble in immense flocks:
The raven is a powerful bird and fears no enemy, while, being a carrion-feeder, it has no need for concealment in order to approach its prey.