Carcasses are normally composed of skeletal muscle and fat, and also include other edible tissues such as offal. Carcasses can be used for human or non-human animal food. Alternatively, some animals are killed for their skins and fur, which are then sold to fashion designers, leather workers, and artists for profit.

Carcasses are generally butchered into smaller cuts such as steaks, roasts, and ribs. These cuts may be sold fresh (uncooked), or cooked by a variety of methods, including grilling, barbecuing, baking, or braising.

The English word “carcass” comes from the Old French “carcasse”, meaning “hull”, in turn from the Latin “carcer” (“prison”). The meaning has been extended to include dead bodies in general as well as to anatomical leftovers from humans or animals.

In general, carcasses are not considered to be gross until they have reached the point at which they are too old or too damaged for consumption.

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