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[kar-ee-uh n] /ˈkær i ən/
dead and putrefying flesh.
rottenness; anything vile.
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 Unabridged
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  • Some cultures have long believed the high-flying carrion birds transported the flesh of the dead up to the heavens.
  • The idea is that a wolverine will be drawn to the fragrant carrion and climb out on the pole.
  • Crews then trek through remote canyons to check on the sick or dead condor and run tests on it and the carrion it was eating.
  • It is interesting to see how populations and behavior of carrion-eating species change in response to this new food source.
  • Ravens, fellow carrion-eating raptors, are big as wild turkeys.
  • It's not full out creepy but it's not exactly respected: the lurking about hunting for nonferrous carrion.
  • Many cultures shun dog food: dogs are scavengers and carrion-feeders.
  • In the past, that meant eating carrion from sheep and pigs, but ranching no longer takes place on the island.
  • Something had to come along and take advantage of all that carrion.
  • Eating carrion makes me gag, but that is exactly what meat-eaters do.
British Dictionary definitions for carrion


dead and rotting flesh
(modifier) eating carrion: carrion beetles
something rotten or repulsive
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French caroine, ultimately from Latin carō flesh
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Word Origin and History for carrion

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).

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