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- dead flesh; carcasses
- of or pertaining to carrion
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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
They did eat the dead carrions.
2. A contemptible or worthless person; --
a term of reproach. [Obs.] "Old feeble carrions."
Car"ri*on, a. Of or pertaining
to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion.
A prey for carrion kites.
Carrion beetle (Zoöl.), any
beetle that feeds habitually on dead animals; -- also called
sexton beetle and burying beetle. There are many
kinds, belonging mostly to the family Silphidæ.
-- Carrion buzzard (Zoöl.), 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
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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