dead and putrefying flesh.
rottenness; anything vile.
feeding on 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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carrion (ˈkærɪən)
1.  dead and rotting flesh
2.  (modifier) eating carrion: carrion beetles
3.  something rotten or repulsive
[C13: from Anglo-French caroine, ultimately from Latin carō flesh]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from Anglo-Fr. carogne, from V.L. *caronia "carcass," from L. caro "meat."
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Example sentences
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's not full out creepy but it's not exactly respected: the lurking about
  hunting for nonferrous carrion.
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