• WordNet 3.6
    • n carrion the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The snapping turtle eats carrion and is used by police to find dead bodies in lakes, ponds and swamps.
    • Carrion A contemptible or worthless person; -- a term of reproach. "Old feeble carrions ."
    • a Carrion Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion. "A prey for carrion kites."
    • Carrion The dead and putrefying body or flesh of an animal; flesh so corrupted as to be unfit for food. "They did eat the dead carrions ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carrion A dead body; a corpse; a carcass; flesh.
    • n carrion A mere carcass: used of a living person, as a term of contempt.
    • n carrion The dead and putrefying body or flesh of animals; flesh so corrupted as to be unfit for food.
    • carrion Dead and putrefying, as a carcass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carrion kar′i-un the dead and putrid body or flesh of any animal: anything vile
    • adj Carrion relating to, or feeding on, putrid flesh
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. caroyne, OF. caroigne, F. charogne, LL. caronia, fr. L. caro, flesh Cf. Crone Crony


In literature:

Now, messieurs, bind these carrion and convey them whither I have directed you.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Necrophagous: living in or on carrion.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Kiss my hand, eat carrion, gypsy, gypsy!
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Both feed on warm-blooded animals, and neither will eat carrion.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Habitually his diet is not carnivorous, but he will eat at times either carrion or living flesh.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
You appear to be cooking; fly hence, or I will eat my supper of thy carrion.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
It feeds largely on carrion, and probably never catches anything larger than a rat.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
The carrion crow flapped back, with a croak, and dropped on the horse's skull again.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
And there it lay until it became carrion, and tortured him again.
"The Arena" by Various
You never fail to see the common vulture where there is carrion.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various

In poetry:

For the music of moonlight nights,
And the savour of summer days,
For the swoop of carrion kites,
And the stench of gibbeted jays.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
At Daniel's feet the lions lay
Like harmless lambs, nor touched their prey;
And ravens, which on carrion fed,
Procured Elijah flesh and bread.
"The Creatures In The Lord's Hands" by John Newton
All I desire and see
Will be a carrion thing;
But all that you have been to me
Is, and can never cease to be.
O Grave! where is thy victory?
Where, Death, thy sting?
"The Eternal" by Edith Nesbit
The river stagnates, pestilent
With carrion by the current sent
This way and that--and yonder lies
The moon, just like a woman dead,
That they have smothered overhead,
Deep in the skies.
"The Fishermen" by Emile Verhaeren
No sign: across the waters' face,
From its vain quest the Bird of Grace
Resought the sheltering ark:
Only the carrion fowl flew on,
Or ghastly floating forms upon
Folded its pinions dark.
"The Bird Of Grace" by Samuel John Stone
I am the trumpet at thy lips, thy clarion
Full of thy cry, sonorous with thy breath;
The graves of souls born worms and creeds grown carrion
Thy blast of judgment fills with fires of death.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Spirits in crimson rivulets swirled, souls as carrion shredded.
Bronx GOP Chair Savino Signs On To Carrion For Mayor.
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Is Obama's Latest Pick, According to Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion .
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr says he has a new job -- now we'll have to see what the president-elect says.
Anthony Weiner and the Carrion Effect.
Carrion , Just Like Bloomberg.
The answer for Adolfo Carrion seems to be to stay as close as possible to the mayor.
Was Tyrannosaurus rex nothing but a glorified carrion eater.
Thee Oh Sees has just revealed its new album Carrion Crawler /The Dream will drop November 15 via In The Red and it'll likely land with a crash-boom-bang.
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion is in Germany right now (as pictured here), along with representatives of NYC & Company, touting the tourism benefits of his home borough and the City as a whole.
Their role in life is to glide low across the ground, using their acute sense of smell to sniff out carrion.
3) Thee Oh Sees, Carrion Crawler/The Dream (In the Red).
Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion is eyeing a run to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to published reports.
Now that the poachers and carrion eaters have had their fill picking through possible defectors.
Carrion Decay feels tightly wound within punk and hardcore.

In science:

Reyes-Carrion, A generalization of the notion of instanton, Diff.
Spectral asymmetry for manifolds of special holonomy
Carri´on- ´Alvarez [CA]. A Gel’fand duality theory for ordered topological spaces has been elaborated by F.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics