Car-casses

carcass

[kahr-kuhs]
noun
1.
the dead body of an animal.
2.
Slang. the body of a human being, whether living or dead.
3.
the body of a slaughtered animal after removal of the offal.
4.
anything from which life and power are gone: The mining town, now a mere carcass, is a reminder of a past era.
5.
an unfinished framework or skeleton, as of a house or ship.
6.
the body of a furniture piece designed for storage, as a chest of drawers or wardrobe, without the drawers, doors, hardware, etc.
7.
the inner body of a pneumatic tire, resisting by its tensile strength the pressure of the air within the tire, and protected by the tread and other parts.
verb (used with object)
8.
to erect the framework for (a building, ship, etc.).
Also, carcase.


Origin:
1250–1300; < Middle French carcasse < Italian carcassa; replacing Middle English carkeis, carkois < Anglo-French, corresponding to Medieval Latin carcosium; ultimately origin obscure

carcassless, adjective


1. See body.
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carcass or carcase (ˈkɑːkəs)
 
n
1.  the dead body of an animal, esp one that has been slaughtered for food, with the head, limbs, and entrails removed
2.  informal, facetious, derogatory usually, or a person's body
3.  the skeleton or framework of a structure
4.  the remains of anything when its life or vitality is gone; shell
 
[C14: from Old French carcasse, of obscure origin]
 
carcase or carcase
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French carcasse, of obscure origin]

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carcass
1299, from Anglo-Norm. carcois, perhaps infl. by O.Fr. charcois and Anglo-L. carcosium "dead body," all of uncertain origin. Not used of humans after c.1750, except contemptuously.
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