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carrion


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Carrion  \Car"ri*on\,  n.  [OE.  caroyne  OF  caroigne,  F.  charogne 
  LL  caronia,  fr  L.  caro  flesh  Cf  {Crone},  {Crony}.] 
  1.  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.  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  A  contemptible  or  worthless  person;  --  a  term  of  reproach. 
  [Obs.]  ``Old  feeble  carrions.''  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Carrion  \Car"ri*on\,  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  dead  and  putrefying  carcasses;  feeding  on 
  carrion. 
 
  A  prey  for  carrion  kites.  --Shak. 
 
  {Carrion  beetle}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  beetle  that  feeds  habitually 
  on  dead  animals;  --  also  called  {sexton  beetle}  and 
  {burying  beetle}.  There  are  many  kinds,  belonging  mostly 
  to  the  family  {Silphid[ae]}. 
 
  {Carrion  buzzard}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  South  American  bird  of 
  several  species  and  genera  (as  {Ibycter},  {Milvago},  and 
  {Polyborus}),  which  act  as  scavengers.  See  {Caracara}. 
 
  {Carrion  crow},  the  common  European  crow  ({Corvus  corone}) 
  which  feeds  on  carrion,  insects,  fruits,  and  seeds. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  carrion 
  n  1:  dead  and  rotting  flesh;  unfit  for  human  food 
  2:  the  dead  and  rotting  body  of  an  animal 




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