carrion

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Carrion \Car"ri*on\, noun [OE. caroyne, OF. caroigne, F. charogne, LL. caronia, fr. L. caro flesh Cf. {Crone}, {Crony}.]

1. The dead and putrefying body or flesh of an animal; flesh so corrupted as to be unfit for food.

They did eat the dead carrions. --Spenser.

2. A contemptible or worthless person; -- a term of reproach. [Obs.] "Old feeble carrions." --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Carrion \Car"ri*on\, adjective Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion.

A prey for carrion kites. --Shak.

{Carrion beetle} (Zool.), any beetle that feeds habitually on dead animals; -- also called {sexton beetle} and {burying beetle}. There are many kinds, belonging mostly to the family {Silphid[ae]}.

{Carrion buzzard} (Zool.), a South American bird of several species and genera (as {Ibycter}, {Milvago}, and {Polyborus}), which act as scavengers. See {Caracara}.

{Carrion crow}, the common European crow ({Corvus corone}) which feeds on carrion, insects, fruits, and seeds.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

carrion

noun

1: the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food


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