Car"cass (?), n.; pl. Carcasses (#). [Written also carcase.] [F. carcasse, fr. It. carcassa, fr. L. caro flesh + capsa chest, box, case. Cf. Carnal, Case a sheath.]
A dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the dead body of a beast.
He turned to see the carcass of the lion.
Judges xiv. 8.
This kept thousands in the town whose carcasses went into the great pits by cartloads.
The living body; -- now commonly used in contempt or ridicule.
"To pamper his own carcass
Lovely her face; was ne'er so fair a creature.
For earthly carcass had a heavenly feature.
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.
A rotten carcass of a boat.
A hollow case or shell, filled with combustibles, to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer, to set fire to buldings, ships, etc.
A discharge of carcasses and bombshells.
© Webster 1913.