ETYM Written also carcase.
(Irregular plural: carcasses).
1. A dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the dead body of a beast.
2. The living body; -- commonly used in contempt or ridicule.
3. The abandoned and decaying remains of some bulky and once comely thing, as a ship; the skeleton, or the uncovered or unfinished frame, of a thing.
carrion / keriən /
ETYM Old Eng. caroyne, Old Fren. caroigne, French charogne, Late Lat. caronia, from Latin caro flesh Cf. Crone, Crony.
1. Dead and rotting flesh; unfit for human food.
2. The dead and rotting body of an animal.