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car·cass  audio  (kärks) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The dead body of an animal, especially one slaughtered for food.
  2. The body of a human.
  3. Remains from which the substance or character is gone: the carcass of a once glorious empire.
  4. A framework or basic structure: the carcass of a burned-out building.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English carcas, from Anglo-Norman carcais, and Medieval Latin carcasium


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