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Meaning of CARRION

Pronunciation:  'kareeun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the dead and rotting body of an animal
  2. [n]  dead and rotting flesh; unfit for human food

CARRION is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: body, dead body, raw meat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Car"ri*on\, n. [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.
  2. \Car"ri*on\, a.
    Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on
          A prey for carrion kites.                --Shak.
    {Carrion beetle} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), 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.
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