Meaning of “carrion” in the English Dictionary


"carrion" in English

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carrionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkær.i.ən/ us /ˈker.i.ən/

Examples from literature

  • Besides feeding on carrion, the condors will frequently attack young goats and lambs. 
  • He, the beast of prey, the vulture, was gorging on our carrion. 
  • It has been a much debated point with sportsmen and naturalists, whether the eye or the sense of smell guides the vulture to his feast of carrion. 
  • The breeze had veered suddenly and they found themselves again in the smell of carrion. 
  • The coyote has seen enough, for the man is alive, and not carrion. 

(Definition of “carrion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)