Car"cass (kär"kas), n.;
pl. Carcasses (#). [Written also
carcase.] [F. carcasse, fr. It. carcassa,
fr. L. caro flesh + capsa chest, box, case. Cf.
Carnal, Case a sheath.] 1. A
dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the
dead body of a beast.
He turned to see the carcass of the
Judges xiv. 8.
This kept thousands in the town whose
carcasses went into the great pits by cartloads.
2. The living body; -- now commonly used
in contempt or ridicule. "To pamper his own
Lovely her face; was ne'er so fair a creature.
For earthly carcass had a heavenly feature.
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.
A rotten carcass of a boat.
4. (Mil.) A hollow case or shell,
filled with combustibles, to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer,
to set fire to buldings, ships, etc.
A discharge of carcasses and