1. Derogatory An old woman considered to be ugly; a hag.
2. A woman who is venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom.
[Middle English, from Old North French carogne, carrion, cantankerous woman, from Vulgar Latin *carōnia, carrion, from Latin carō, carn-, flesh; see sker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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