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Definition the dead and rotting body of an animal; or (more rarely) animals that eat such flesh
  • The vultures must see carrion.
  • The plant attracts flies by smelling like carrion.
  • 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)
  • 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
  • They made away with carrion.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • carrion = the dead and rotting body of an animal
  • However sunk he was in debt he is no pauper's carrion abandoned on the road.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • 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
  • You think of your readers, those carrion feeders, and all your typesetters, those wretched abettors, and saber-whetters.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • You would eat the carrion of your own dead, rather than starve.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • People passed, leisurely, self-absorbed, and as they entered the radius of the light, it fixed them momentarily in caustic, carrion-green.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Eugene, leaning upon the greasy marble counter, began to sing: "Hey, ho, the carrion crow, Derry, derry, derry, derr—oh!"
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • At breakfast, girls hush as I walk past; they track me with their eyes, like vultures waiting for carrion.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • 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
  • 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
  • It was a pitchfork from whose points hung a bleeding quarter of carrion meat.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • 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
  • The carrion crows of magic, they go where great slaughter is.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Now, as the season entered its final week, his nose for available football carrion would be the envy of any vulture.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • 'tis seldom when the bee doth leave her comb In the dead carrion.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • They tore into the bag like jackals into carrion.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee

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