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  • The vultures must see carrion.
  • The plant attracts flies by smelling like carrion.
  • And I shall know that I must die, at sea most likely, cease crawling of myself to be all a-crawl with the corruption of the sea; to be fed upon, to be carrion, to yield up all the strength and movement of my muscles that it may become strength and movement in fin and scale and the guts of fishes.
    Jack London  --  The Sea Wolf
  • On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.
    Ezekiel 39:4 (NIV)

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  • They made away with carrion.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • The air reeks something horrible, a combination of carrion, rotting eggs, and Cadets’ quarters in high summer.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The carrion crows of magic, they go where great slaughter is.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The crows and other carrion birds closed the loop of the 3rd Wave.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • She was back at her desk, and he’d followed her there, standing over her like some carrion bird.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They tore into the bag like jackals into carrion.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee

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  • They are parasites and scavengers, eaters of carrion.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I fell on the animal, pinning it under me and knocking the wind from it in a gust of carrion breath.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A carrion Death, within whose empty eye There is a written scroll!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Don’t think that they’re cowardly or that they only eat carrion.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But others, probably overcome with smoke, escaped the worst of the flames and now lie reeking in various states of decomposition, carrion for scavengers, blanketed by flies.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Already a host of the elves is on the way, and carrion birds are with them hoping for battle and slaughter.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Uncle Al is a buzzard, a vulture, an eater of carrion.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • He resembles Fielding as an eagle does a vulture: Fielding could stoop on carrion, but Thackeray never does.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Go apologize, Eragon, or I’ll fill your tent with carrion.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a god-kissing carrion,—Have you a daughter?
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • It’s carrion!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I sent for Kenneth, and he came; but not till the beast had changed into carrion: he was both dead and cold, and stark; and so you’ll allow it was useless making more stir about him!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The blue-gray bandy legged dog ran merrily along the side of the road, sometimes in proof of its agility and self-satisfaction lifting one hind leg and hopping along on three, and then again going on all four and rushing to bark at the crows that sat on the carrion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • By industry and care, you might thus come to some prefarment; for by this time, I should think, your eyes would plainly tell you that a carrion crow is a better bird than a mocking-thresher.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • That’s a kind of beetle, it buries carrion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Not that crows take off their feathers in the sun either, and these men were just a flock of crows: robbers, carrion-eaters who liked to plunge their sharp beaks into dead flesh.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • It is human, it is divine, carrion.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Out of the welter of rapture and anger and heartbreak and hurt pride that he had left, depression emerged to sit upon her shoulder like a carrion crow.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Wheat he gave to rich folk, millet to the poor, Broken scraps for holy men that beg from door to door; Battle to the tiger, carrion to the kite, And rags and bones to wicked wolves without the wall at night.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • He disgusted me much while with him, for when a horrid blowfly, bloated with some carrion food, buzzed into the room, he caught it, held it exultantly for a few moments between his finger and thumb, and before I knew what he was going to do, put it in his mouth and ate it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He looked out at the burial parties and the lights beginning to come on across the field like clusters of carrion fireflies.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • I perceived abundance of fowls, but ignorant of what kind, or whether good for nourishment; I shot one of them at my return, which occasioned a confused screaming among the other birds, and I found it, by its colours and beak, to be a kind of a hawk, but its flesh was perfect carrion.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • There would have been no burial mound for him, but dogs and carrion birds to huddle on him in the fields beyond the wall, and not a soul bewailing him, for the great wrong he committed.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But even granting the charge in question to be true; what disordered slippery decks of a whale-ship are comparable to the unspeakable carrion of those battle-fields from which so many soldiers return to drink in all ladies’ plaudits?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And usually these carrion talkers were the same ones who had said one American was worth twenty Germans in a scrap—the same ones.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It was a pitchfork from whose points hung a bleeding quarter of carrion meat.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • We cannot leave him lying like carrion among these foul Orcs.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • ’THAT carrion!
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He had no opportunity of saying, or so much as thinking, anything else, until he was clear of the Old Bailey; for, the crowd came pouring out with a vehemence that nearly took him off his legs, and a loud buzz swept into the street as if the baffled blue-flies were dispersing in search of other carrion.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Out, you green-sickness carrion! out, you baggage!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • It reminded the Duke of a time in his home planet’s jungles, a sudden emergence into a clearing, and carrion birds lifting away from the carcass of a wild ox.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It was a castle made entirely out of food, except that on the highest tower of all a carrion crow was sitting, with an arrow in its beak.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It was clear that we had to sit there like wooden carrion until, if we were lucky, high tide would float us off.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Even the custom of ransoming a warrior’s body is refused, and the horror announced in Homer’s prologue is realized, "leaving so many dead men—carrion / for dogs and birds."
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Not though the walls be taken by a reckless foe that will build a hill of carrion before them.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • A good kissing carrion.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • On the slow weedy waterway he had floated on his raft coastward over Ireland drawn by a haulage rope past beds of reeds, over slime, mudchoked bottles, carrion dogs.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Houyhnhnms keep the Yahoos for present use in huts not far from the house; but the rest are sent abroad to certain fields, where they dig up roots, eat several kinds of herbs, and search about for carrion, or sometimes catch weasels and luhimuhs (a sort of wild rat), which they greedily devour.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • But all animals feed on carrion.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • He killed his senses, he killed his memory, he slipped out of his self into thousands of other forms, was an animal, was carrion, was stone, was wood, was water, and awoke every time to find his old self again, sun shone or moon, was his self again, turned round in the cycle, felt thirst, overcame the thirst, felt new thirst.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
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