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[mass noun] The decaying flesh of dead animals:‘a crow wheeled over the hills in search of carrion’
- ‘They may steal prey from other raptors, and have been known to eat carrion as long as it has not been dead too long.’
- ‘Shrieks rent the air as another crow spiraled down to invade the feast, some carrion invisible from the roadside.’
- ‘It lives mainly on carrion, but farmers and gamekeepers shot, trapped and poisoned the bird because they believed it might endanger breeding grouse.’
- ‘Biologists, however, have reported some bees taking advantage of other resources, such as animal droppings and carrion.’
- ‘They are often seen soaring in search of carrion, but their diet also includes young goats and lambs.’
- ‘Yet their scavenging clears up immense quantities of carrion, and we should be grateful, if not admiring.’
- ‘they flew for the first time after being fed on a diet of rabbits, small mammals, frogs and carrion.’
- ‘Some observers have suggested that carrion on train tracks actually aids overall eagle survival by providing fledglings with a ready food supply.’
- ‘As well as carrion, harriers will eat the young of pukekos and ducks, and prey upon rodents found in fields.’
- ‘Badgers will kill carrion and have been know to take lambs but the ones they tend to go for are those on their last legs.’
- ‘Among the most conspicuous of the first colonisers at Mount St Helens was the common raven, known to eat almost anything, including carrion.’
- ‘Bears like berries, nuts, grasses, carrion, insects and birdseed.’
- ‘The large monitor lizards have a more varied diet and will eat eggs, birds, small animals and carrion.’
- ‘Instead, he believes Rugops was a scavenger, using its head to pick at carrion rather than fighting other animals for food.’
- ‘Diversionary feeding involves leaving dead rats and other carrion on the moor for the harriers to eat.’
- ‘After I pass, I see it in the rear view mirror, settling on carrion back along the shoulder.’
- ‘A survey of fox dens showed that the vast majority of lamb carcasses found in them were carrion ie. dead before being taken by the fox.’
- ‘As they soar over foraging areas, they scan the ground, searching for carrion or scavengers that might signal the presence of something dead.’
- ‘Despite their fearsome size, these magnificent birds survive mainly on carrion and hunting small mammals like mice.’
- ‘Their diet includes fish, smaller birds, carrion, and refuse.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French caroine, caroigne, Old French charoigne, based on Latin caro flesh.
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