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  • n. The act of removing flesh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of depriving or divesting of flesh; excarnification; -- opposed to incarnation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of divesting of flesh; the state of being divested of flesh: opposed to incarnation.
  • n. In the preparation of casts of anatomical cavities (as of the blood-vessels of an organ or of the air-passages of the lungs), the removal of the tissues, as by a corrosive liquid, after the cavities have been filled with a hardening injection.


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  • Mellaart believed that the corpses were put outside after death and defleshed in a process of “excarnation,” possibly carried out by the vultures that were depicted in some of the artworks.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • It has been suggested that the place was a site for "sky burials", places where decapitated corpses were exposed to the elements for excarnation by vultures, presumably the reason they're pictured in the carvings.

    The Glittering Eye


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