General English


  • noun especially in the meat trade, the body of an animal after removing head, limbs and offal

Cars & Driving

  • noun the basic structure of a tyre consisting of various plies of cord (made of rayon, nylon, polyester or steel), which are impregnated with rubber


  • A body or shell without adornment or life.
  • The structural framework of a building without walls, trim carpentry, masonry, etc.


  • The body of a slaughtered animal, prepared for use as meat

Origin & History of “carcass”

English first acquired this word from Anglo-Norman carcois, and early forms were carcays and carcoys. Spellings similar to modern English carcass begin to emerge in the 16th century, and may be due to reborrowing from French carcasse, to association with the noun case ‘container’, which meant ‘body’ in the 16th century, or to a combination of both. The usual current spelling throughout the English-speaking world is carcass, but British English also uses carcase. The word’s ultimate origin is unknown.