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(ˈkɑr kəs)

1. the dead body of an animal, esp. of a slaughtered animal after removal of the offal.
2. Slang. the body of a human being, whether living or dead.
3. the physical or structural remnant of something stripped, plundered, or decayed; shell.
4. an unfinished skeleton or framework, as of a house or ship.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French; Middle French carcasse < Italian carcassa]
syn: See body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carcase - the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for foodcarcase - the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food
dead body, body - a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person; "they found the body in the lake"
skrokkur; hræ
References in classic literature ?
Then the Political Pull looked back upon the good fat carcase of beef that he was dragging to his lair and said, with a discontented spirit:
But a moment afterwards, seeing that instead of a fish he only had in his nets the carcase of an ass, he was much disappointed.
Vexed with having such a bad haul, when he had mended his nets, which the carcase of the ass had broken in several places, he threw them a second time.
The horse did as he was told, and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by, and said to him, 'A little way off lies a dead horse; come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcase.
Over 40% of steers slaughtered in the UK in February 2016 had carcase weights above 380kg, up from 36% a year before, according to the AHDB report which analysed the distribution of cattle in the AHDB deadweight price reporting sample by conformation, fat class and weight band.
Variation in the quality of meat carcase and productive parameters of six Spanish yearling breeds.
The latest annual carcase classification results released by Eblex show 51% hit the target R4L or better, which was an increase of more than 2% on 2011 figures.
The urgent need for increased carcase weight and a fairer method of grading was highlighted by Mark Haighton, the company's pig development manager.
New welfare and hygiene legislation has increased the costs associated with carcase disposal for both renderers and knackers' yards.
The publication, Maximising Carcase Value, explains what causes waste and condemnations at abattoirs - and how to avoid them.
A SCHEME to improve carcase quality in the Hereford breed is being unveiled in detail to beef farmers in Northumberland later this month.