Carnal is an adjective meaning "of the flesh." This makes carnal relations a subject that kids want to know more about, but one that both kids and parents may be embarrassed to talk about with each other.

Carnal can be used to refer literally to flesh: after lions are done feasting on a downed zebra, vultures might pick over its carnal remains. Another use for carnal is to describe something that is worldly (as opposed to spiritual) — "He didn't have much use for religion, preferring to spend his time on more carnal pursuits."

Definitions of carnal
  1. adjective
    of or relating to the body or flesh
    carnal remains”
  2. adjective
    marked by the appetites and passions of the body
    synonyms: animal, fleshly, sensual
    involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
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