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carrion

[kar-ee-uh n] /ˈkær i ən/
noun
1.
dead and putrefying flesh.
2.
rottenness; anything vile.
adjective
3.
feeding on carrion.
Origin
1175-1225
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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British Dictionary definitions for carrions

carrion

/ˈkærɪən/
noun
1.
dead and rotting flesh
2.
(modifier) eating carrion: carrion beetles
3.
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 carrions

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).

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