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any of an order (Carnivora) of typically flesh-eating mammals that includes humans, dogs, foxes, bears, raccoons, and cats. Derived from Latin carnivorus “flesh-eating”
c. 1600, from Middle French carnage (16c.), from Old Italian carnaggio “slaughter, murder,” from Medieval Latin carnaticum “flesh,” from Latin carnaticum “slaughter of animals,” from carnem (nominative caro) “flesh,” originally “a piece of flesh,” from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) “to cut” (see shear (v.)). In English always used more of slaughters of men than beasts. Southey (1795) tried to make a verb of it.
Definition and derivation of carnal
- relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites, especially when marked by eating and sexuality. c. 1400, “physical, human, mortal,” from Old French carnal and directly from Medieval Latin carnalis “natural, of the same blood,” from Latin carnis “of the flesh,” genitive of caro “flesh, meat“