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veal

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noun
  1. Also veal·er [vee-ler] /ˈvi lər/. a calf raised for its meat, usually a milk-fed animal less than three months old.
  2. the flesh of the calf as used for food.
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Origin of veal

1350–1400; Middle English ve(e)l < Anglo-French vel (Old French veel, veal) < Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus calf
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veal

noun
  1. the flesh of the calf used as food
  2. Also called: veal calf a calf, esp one bred for eating
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Related formsRelated adjective: vituline

Word Origin

C14: from Old French veel, from Latin vitellus a little calf, from vitulus calf
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Word Origin and History for veal

n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French vel, Old French veel "a calf" (Modern French veau), earlier vedel, from Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus "calf," perhaps originally "yearling," if related, as some think, to Sanskrit vatsah "calf," literally "yearling;" Gothic wiþrus, Old English weðer (see wether; cf. also veteran).

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