Definition of carrion in English:


Line breaks: car|rion
Pronunciation: /ˈkarɪən


[mass noun]
  • The decaying flesh of dead animals: a crow wheeled over the hills in search of carrion
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    • A survey of fox dens showed that the vast majority of lamb carcasses found in them were carrion ie. dead before being taken by the fox.
    • Diversionary feeding involves leaving dead rats and other carrion on the moor for the harriers to eat.
    • Biologists, however, have reported some bees taking advantage of other resources, such as animal droppings and carrion.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French caroine, caroigne, Old French charoigne, based on Latin caro 'flesh'.

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