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ˈkær i əncar·rion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carrionnoun

    the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food


  1. carrionnoun

    Dead flesh; carcasses.

    Vultures feed on carrion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carrionnoun

    the dead and putrefying body or flesh of an animal; flesh so corrupted as to be unfit for food

    Etymology: [OE. caroyne, OF. caroigne, F. charogne, LL. caronia, fr. L. caro flesh Cf. Crone, Crony.]

  2. Carrionnoun

    a contemptible or worthless person; -- a term of reproach

    Etymology: [OE. caroyne, OF. caroigne, F. charogne, LL. caronia, fr. L. caro flesh Cf. Crone, Crony.]

  3. Carrionadjective

    of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion

    Etymology: [OE. caroyne, OF. caroigne, F. charogne, LL. caronia, fr. L. caro flesh Cf. Crone, Crony.]


  1. Carrion

    Carrion refers to the dead and decaying flesh of an animal. Carrion is an important food source for large carnivores and omnivores in most ecosystems. Examples of carrion-eaters include vultures, hawks, eagles, hyenas, Virginia Opossum, Tasmanian Devils, coyotes, Komodo dragons, and burying beetles. Many invertebrates like the burying beetles, as well as maggots of calliphorid flies and Flesh-flies also eat carrion, playing an important role in recycling nitrogen and carbon in animal remains. Carrion begins to decay the moment of the animal's death, and it will increasingly attract insects and breed bacteria. Not long after the animal has died, its body will begin to exude a foul odor caused by the presence of bacteria and the emission of cadaverine and putrescine. Some plants and fungi smell like decomposing carrion and attract insects that aid in reproduction. Plants that exhibit this behavior are known as carrion flowers. Stinkhorn mushrooms are examples of fungi with this characteristic. The word carrion is often used in Danish mythology to describe animals that have been sacrificed and animals that have been killed due to the gods' fury.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carrion

    kar′i-un, n. the dead and putrid body or flesh of any animal: anything vile.—adj. relating to, or feeding on, putrid flesh.—n. Carr′ion-crow, a species of crow which feeds on carrion, small animals, &c. [Fr. carogne—Low L. caronia—L. caro, carnis, flesh.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carrion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carrion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  1. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?

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