Old English , cognate with Old High German mete maz 'food', Latin madere 'to be wet', Greek μαστός mastos 'wet, breast'
Meat ( countable and uncountable; plural ) Meats
( now archaic dialectal , ) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also . meat and drink Patrono:Defdate
1623, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens:
Your greatest want is, you want much of meat: / Why should you want? Behold, the Earth hath Rootes [...].
( now rare A type of food, a ) dish. Patrono:Defdate
( now archaic A ) meal. Patrono:Defdate
1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew ch. 8:
And hit cam to passe, thatt Jesus satt at meate in his housse.
( uncountable The ) flesh of an animal used as food. Patrono:Defdate
( uncountable Any relatively thick, ) solid part of a fruit, nut etc. Patrono:Defdate
The apple looked fine on the outside, but the
meat was not very firm. ( slang The ) penis. Patrono:Defdate
( countable A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. ) Patrono:Defdate
The butchery's profit rate on various
meats varies greatly ( colloquial The ) best or most substantial part of something. Patrono:Defdate
We recruited him right from the
meat of our competitor. Patrono:Sports The sweet spot of a bat or club (in cricket, golf, baseball etc.). Patrono:Defdate
He hit it right on the
meat of the bat. A meathead.
Throw it in here,
meat. ( Australian Aboriginal A ) totem; metonymy for its owner(s).
1949, Oceania, Vol. XX
When a stranger comes to an aboriginal camp or settlement in north-western NSW, he is asked by one of the older aborigines: "What meat (clan) are you?"
1973, M. Fennel & A. Grey, Nucoorilma
Granny Sullivan was ‘dead against’ the match at first because they did not know "what my meat was and because I was a bit on the fair side."
1977, A. K. Eckermann, Group Organisation and Identity
Some people maintained that she was "sung" because her family had killed or eaten the " meat" (totem) of another group.
1992, P. Taylor Tell it Like it Is
Our family […] usually married the red kangaroo " meat".
1993, J. Janson, Gunjies
That’s a beautiful goanna. […]. He’s my meat, can’t eat him.
The meaning "flesh of an animal used as food" is often understood to exclude
fish and other seafood. For example, the rules for abstaining from meat in the Roman Catholic Church do not extend to fish; likewise, some people who consider themselves vegetarians also eat fish (though the more precise term for such a person is pescetarian).
animal flesh used as food
solid edible part of a plant
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