carrion


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Carrion \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.
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            They did eat the dead carrions.       --Spenser.
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   2. A contemptible or worthless person; -- a term of reproach.
      [Obs.] "Old feeble carrions." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Carrion \Car"ri*on\, a.
   Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on
   carrion.
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         A prey for carrion kites.                --Shak.
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   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.
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