carcase, carcass

These 2 spellings are usually used interchangeably (in Australia and other English-speaking countries). However, in some specialist publications (notably the national, state and territory departments of agriculture), a distinction in meaning is made between the spellings:

  • carcase: the body of an animal that has been slaughtered for meat (eg at an abattoir)
  • carcass: the body of an animal that has died from natural causes, including disease or injury.

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