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Origin unknown. Possibly from Italian carogna (carrion) or French charogne, caroigne (carrion); hence from Latin caro (flesh). If so, cognate with English carrion, carnage.



quarrons (plural quarronses)

  1. (obsolete, thieves' cant) The body.
    • 1707, “The Maunder's Praise of his Strowling Mort”, in Farmer, John Stephen, editor, Musa Pedestris[1], published 1896, page 33:
      White thy fambles, red thy gan, / And they quarrons dainty is; / Couch a hogshead with me then, / And in the darkmans clip and kiss.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      Unfallen Adam rode and not rutted. Call away let him: thy quarrons dainty is. Language no whit worse than his.
    • 1932, Auden, Wystan Hugh, The Orators:
      Salmon draws Its lovely quarrons through the pool.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:quarrons.


  • Barrère, Albert; Leland, Charles Godfrey (1889) A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume 2, page 161
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues[2], volume 5, page 340