(kr"ks), n.;
pl. Carcasses (#).
[Written also carcase.]
[F. carcasse, fr. It. carcassa, fr. L. caro flesh + capsa chest, box, case. Cf. Carnal, Case a sheath.] 1. A dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the dead body of a beast.
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He turned to see the carcass of the lion.
Judges xiv. 8.
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This kept thousands in the town whose carcasses went into the great pits by cartloads.
De Foe.
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2. The living body; -- now commonly used in contempt or ridicule. "To pamper his own carcass." South.
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Lovely her face; was ne'er so fair a creature.
For earthly carcass had a heavenly feature.
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3. The abandoned and decaying remains of some bulky and once comely thing, as a ship; the skeleton, or the uncovered or unfinished frame, of a thing.
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A rotten carcass of a boat.
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4. (Mil.) A hollow case or shell, filled with combustibles, to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer, to set fire to buldings, ships, etc.
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A discharge of carcasses and bombshells.
W. Iving.
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(?), n. A sweet wine. See Calcavella.
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