Flesh of slain pets or males
- the savage and extortionate killing of numerous men and women
- Flesh of slain creatures or guys.
- Great destruction of life, like in struggle; bloodshed; slaughter; massacre; murder; havoc.
c.1600, from Middle French carnage (16c.), from Old Italian carnaggio "slaughter, murder," from Medieval Latin carnaticum "flesh," from Latin carnaticum "slaughter of pets," 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 males than beasts. Southey (1795) attempted to make a verb from it.
All such estimates are, of course, untrustworthy, but there is no doubt that the carnage was terrible.