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carrion

[kar-ee-uh n]

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noun
  1. dead and putrefying flesh.
  2. rottenness; anything vile.
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adjective
  1. feeding on carrion.

Origin of carrion

1175–1225; Middle English caroyne, careyn, carion < Anglo-French careine, Old French charo(i)gne < Vulgar Latin *caronia, equivalent to Latin carun- (see caruncle ) + -ia -y3
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Related Words for carrion

body , remains , corpse


Examples from the Web for carrion

Contemporary Examples of carrion

  • Carrion resigned as Bronx borough president to join the Obama administration in Washington.

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Historical Examples of carrion

  • Already the carrion birds had gathered in incredible numbers.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • There was the scent of carrion in the air now; I saw it in his eyes.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • But you are learning, cur; you are learning by the pain of your fat carcase; is it not so, carrion?

    Bardelys the Magnificent

    Rafael Sabatini

  • “Unshackle me this carrion, and heave it overboard,” was the harsh order.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt


British Dictionary definitions for carrion

carrion

noun
  1. dead and rotting flesh
  2. (modifier) eating carrioncarrion beetles
  3. something rotten or repulsive

Word Origin for carrion

C13: from Anglo-French caroine, ultimately from Latin carō flesh
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Word Origin and History for carrion
n.

early 13c., carione, from Anglo-French carogne (Old North French caroigne; Old French charogne, 12c., “carrion, corpse,” Modern French charogne), from Vulgar Latin *caronia “carcass” (source of Italian carogna, Spanish carroña “carrion”), from Latin caro “meat” (see carnage ).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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carrion

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  • noundecaying flesh
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More words related to carrion

bodies

noun . corpse
  • ashes
  • bones
  • cadaver
  • carcass
  • carrion
  • clay
  • corpus delicti
  • dead body
  • deceased
  • dust
  • relic
  • remains
  • stiff

body

noun . corpse
  • ashes
  • bones
  • cadaver
  • carcass
  • carrion
  • clay
  • corpus delicti
  • dead body
  • deceased
  • dust
  • relic
  • remains
  • stiff

corpse

noun . dead body
  • body
  • bones
  • cadaver
  • carcass
  • carrion
  • deceased
  • departed
  • mort
  • remains
  • stiff

decayed

adjective . rotten, falling apart
  • addled
  • bad
  • carious
  • carrion
  • corroded
  • decomposed
  • effete
  • gangrenous
  • moldered
  • overripe
  • perished
  • putrefied
  • putrescent
  • putrid
  • rank
  • riddled
  • rotted
  • ruined
  • spoiled
  • wasted
  • withered

filth

noun . dirt, pollution
  • carrion
  • contamination
  • corruption
  • crud
  • defilement
  • dregs
  • dung
  • excrement
  • feces
  • feculence
  • filthiness
  • foul matter
  • foulness
  • garbage
  • grime
  • impurity
  • manure
  • mire
  • muck
  • mud
  • nastiness
  • ordure
  • putrefaction
  • putrescence
  • putridity
  • refuse
  • rottenness
  • sediment
  • sewage
  • silt
  • sleaze
  • slime
  • slop
  • sludge
  • slush
  • smut
  • trash
  • uncleanness

offal

noun . garbage
  • carrion
  • debris
  • junk
  • leaving
  • refuse
  • remains
  • rubbish
  • trash
  • waste
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the
Philip Lief Group.

Word Origin & History

early 13c., carione, from Anglo-French carogne (Old North French caroigne; Old French charogne, 12c., “carrion, corpse,” Modern French charogne), from Vulgar Latin *caronia “carcass” (source of Italian carogna, Spanish carroña “carrion”), from Latin caro “meat” (see carnage ).

Example Sentences for carrion

Already the carrion birds had gathered in incredible numbers.

There was the scent of carrion in the air now; I saw it in his eyes.

But you are learning, cur; you are learning by the pain of your fat carcase; is it not so, carrion?

“Unshackle me this carrion, and heave it overboard,” was the harsh order.

Offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies.

And in their wake came all that class of carrion which is ever seeking something for nothing.

Say, rather, if you have the vulture’s appetite, you must go where there is carrion!

That foul eater of the carrion of the priests wishes your life!

The plunder was taken, “as a dead enemy is picked by carrion buzzards.”

“Take that carrion and stuff it in a mass-energy converter,” he said.

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carrion

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  • noundecaying flesh
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Synonyms for carrion

noun decaying flesh

  • body
  • corpse
  • remains

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More words related to carrion

bodies

noun . corpse
  • ashes
  • bones
  • cadaver
  • carcass
  • carrion
  • clay
  • corpus delicti
  • dead body
  • deceased
  • dust
  • relic
  • remains
  • stiff

body

noun . corpse
  • ashes
  • bones
  • cadaver
  • carcass
  • carrion
  • clay
  • corpus delicti
  • dead body
  • deceased
  • dust
  • relic
  • remains
  • stiff

corpse

noun . dead body
  • body
  • bones
  • cadaver
  • carcass
  • carrion
  • deceased
  • departed
  • mort
  • remains
  • stiff

decayed

adjective . rotten, falling apart
  • addled
  • bad
  • carious
  • carrion
  • corroded
  • decomposed
  • effete
  • gangrenous
  • moldered
  • overripe
  • perished
  • putrefied
  • putrescent
  • putrid
  • rank
  • riddled
  • rotted
  • ruined
  • spoiled
  • wasted
  • withered

filth

noun . dirt, pollution
  • carrion
  • contamination
  • corruption
  • crud
  • defilement
  • dregs
  • dung
  • excrement
  • feces
  • feculence
  • filthiness
  • foul matter
  • foulness
  • garbage
  • grime
  • impurity
  • manure
  • mire
  • muck
  • mud
  • nastiness
  • ordure
  • putrefaction
  • putrescence
  • putridity
  • refuse
  • rottenness
  • sediment
  • sewage
  • silt
  • sleaze
  • slime
  • slop
  • sludge
  • slush
  • smut
  • trash
  • uncleanness

offal

noun . garbage
  • carrion
  • debris
  • junk
  • leaving
  • refuse
  • remains
  • rubbish
  • trash
  • waste
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the
Philip Lief Group.

Word Origin & History

early 13c., carione, from Anglo-French carogne (Old North French caroigne; Old French charogne, 12c., “carrion, corpse,” Modern French charogne), from Vulgar Latin *caronia “carcass” (source of Italian carogna, Spanish carroña “carrion”), from Latin caro “meat” (see carnage ).

Example Sentences for carrion

Already the carrion birds had gathered in incredible numbers.

There was the scent of carrion in the air now; I saw it in his eyes.

But you are learning, cur; you are learning by the pain of your fat carcase; is it not so, carrion?

“Unshackle me this carrion, and heave it overboard,” was the harsh order.

Offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies.

And in their wake came all that class of carrion which is ever seeking something for nothing.

Say, rather, if you have the vulture’s appetite, you must go where there is carrion!

That foul eater of the carrion of the priests wishes your life!

The plunder was taken, “as a dead enemy is picked by carrion buzzards.”

“Take that carrion and stuff it in a mass-energy converter,” he said.

.