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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kar-ee-uh n]
    • /ˈkær i ən/
    • /ˈkær.i.ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kar-ee-uh n]
    • /ˈkær i ən/

Definitions of carrion word

  • uncountable noun carrion Carrion is the decaying flesh of dead animals. 3
  • noun carrion dead and rotting flesh 3
  • noun carrion eating carrion 3
  • noun carrion something rotten or repulsive 3
  • noun carrion the decaying flesh of a dead body, esp. when regarded as food for scavenging animals 3
  • noun carrion anything very disgusting or repulsive 3

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Origin of carrion

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English caroyne, careyn, carion < Anglo-French careine, Old French charo(i)gne < Vulgar Latin *caronia, equivalent to Latin carun- (see caruncle) + -ia -y3

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carrion popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for carrion

noun carrion

  • body — Your body is all your physical parts, including your head, arms, and legs.
  • remains — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • corpse — A corpse is a dead body, especially the body of a human being.
  • flesh — the soft substance of a human or other animal body, consisting of muscle and fat.
  • meat — the flesh of animals as used for food.

adjective carrion

  • putrescent — becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
  • overripe — too ripe; more than ripe: overripe tomatoes.
  • carious — (of teeth or bone) affected with caries; decayed
  • decayed — having rotted as a result of bacterial, fungal, or chemical action; decomposed
  • gangrenous — necrosis or death of soft tissue due to obstructed circulation, usually followed by decomposition and putrefaction.

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