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Carkace, Carkas(s)e, n. Also: carkcass, carkes, -keis, -kois; carkashe, -kische. [e.m.E. carkace, -kas(s)e, etc., F. carcasse, and carkes, ME. carkoys, etc., AF. carcois. Cf. Carcage.] A carcass.(a) 1561 Peebles B. Rec. 274.
That na flescheouris duelland in landwart sel ony flesche within the liberte of the burgh in small partis bot in haill carkaces or leggis
1570-3 Bann. Trans. 182.
I confess … this foule carkes of myne to be the most vyle carion
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 26.
Gif he please, he may receaue the dead carkasse
1641 Dunferm. Kirk S. 9.
Ion Smart, flesher, being convict for selling a carkois of beefe … the last fasting day
Ib. 10.
The said carkeis of beefe
1647 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 287.
A carkase of ane fed ox
(b) 1600-1610 Melvill 429.
Lyk lowns and limmers, your carkashe for the gallows
1630 Ann. Banff I. 64.
Ane carkische of beiff, 8 d; ane carkische of muttoune, 4 d

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