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car·ri·on

 (kăr′ē-ən)
n.
Dead and decaying flesh.
adj.
1. Of or similar to dead and decaying flesh.
2. Feeding on such flesh.

[Middle English careine, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *carōnia, from Latin carō, flesh; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

carrion

(ˈkærɪən)
n
1. dead and rotting flesh
2. (Zoology) (modifier) eating carrion: carrion beetles.
3. something rotten or repulsive
[C13: from Anglo-French caroine, ultimately from Latin carō flesh]

car•ri•on

(ˈkær i ən)

n.
1. dead and putrefying flesh.
adj.
2. feeding on carrion.
[1175–1225; Middle English careyn, carion < Anglo-French careine, Old French charo(i)gne < Vulgar Latin *caronia= Latin carun- (see caruncle) + -ia -y3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carrion - the dead and rotting body of an animalcarrion - the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
dead body, body - a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person; "they found the body in the lake"
Translations
جِيفَـه
mršinazdechlina
ådsel
hræ
dvėsenamaita
maita
zdochlina

carrion

[ˈkærɪən]
A. Ncarroña f
B. CPD carrion crow Ncorneja f negra

carrion

[ˈkærɪən] ncharogne f

carrion

nAas nt

carrion

[ˈkærɪən] ncarogna

carrion

(ˈkӕriən) noun
dead animal flesh, eaten by other animals. Vultures feed on carrion.
References in classic literature ?
By industry and care, you might thus come to some prefarment; for by this time, I should think, your eyes would plainly tell you that a carrion crow is a better bird than a mocking-thresher.
But even granting the charge in question to be true; what disordered slippery decks of a whale-ship are comparable to the unspeakable carrion of those battle-fields from which so many soldiers return to drink in all ladies' plaudits?
The law which takes care of you, the law which takes care of all legitimate children, casts her like carrion to the winds.
He had no opportunity of saying, or so much as thinking, anything else, until he was clear of the Old Bailey; for, the crowd came pouring out with a vehemence that nearly took him off his legs, and a loud buzz swept into the street as if the baffled blue-flies were dispersing in search of other carrion.
The HOUYHNHNMS keep the YAHOOS for present use in huts not far from the house; but the rest are sent abroad to certain fields, where they dig up roots, eat several kinds of herbs, and search about for carrion, or sometimes catch weasels and LUHIMUHS (a sort of wild rat), which they greedily devour.
Wheat he gave to rich folk, millet to the poor, Broken scraps for holy men that beg from door to door; Battle to the tiger, carrion to the kite, And rags and bones to wicked wolves without the wall at night.
Greedy for carrion, and sure that this must be a fresh corpse, the bird swooped down upon the boy.
For two nights and days he had gone empty, and for long time before that he had fed only upon carrion.
He disgusted me much while with him, for when a horrid blowfly, bloated with some carrion food, buzzed into the room, he caught it, held it exultantly for a few moments between his finger and thumb, and before I knew what he was going to do, put it in his mouth and ate it.
It is only when he descends from the clouds to pounce upon carrion that he betrays his low propensities, and reveals his caitiff character.
Flies go to carrion,' said the Oorya, in an abstracted voice.
Chil, the Kite, stayed and grew fat, for there was a great deal of carrion, and evening after evening he brought the news to the beasts, too weak to force their way to fresh hunting-grounds, that the sun was killing the Jungle for three days" flight in every direction.