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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Car·cass n.; pl. Carcasses  [Written also carcase.]
 1. A dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the dead body of a beast.
    He turned to see the carcass of the lion.   --Judges xiv. 8.
    This kept thousands in the town whose carcasses went into the great pits by cartloads.   --De Foe.
 2. The living body; -- now commonly used in contempt or ridicule. “To pamper his own carcass.”
 Lovely her face; was ne'er so fair a creature.
 For earthly carcass had a heavenly feature.   --Oldham.
 3. The abandoned and decaying remains of some bulky and once comely thing, as a ship; the skeleton, or the uncovered or unfinished frame, of a thing.
    A rotten carcass of a boat.   --Shak.
 4. Mil. A hollow case or shell, filled with combustibles, to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer, to set fire to buldings, ships, etc.
    A discharge of carcasses and bombshells.   --W. Iving.