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[veel] /vil/
Also, vealer
[vee-ler] /ˈvi lər/ (Show IPA)
. a calf raised for its meat, usually a milk-fed animal less than three months old.
the flesh of the calf as used for food.
Origin of veal
1350-1400; Middle English ve(e)l < Anglo-French vel (Old French veel, veal) < Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus calf Unabridged
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  • We had veal cutlets and four pieces of chocolate cake, and as the Herr Religionsprof.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • The flesh of the cow and ox is called beef; that of the calf is veal.

  • Cover a knuckle of veal with cold water, bring to the boil, and simmer for two hours, skimming as needed.

  • Salt the water generously and don't put the veal in until it is boiling.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • After the flour has become brown, baste the veal every fifteen minutes.

    The Young Housekeeper's Friend Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
British Dictionary definitions for veal


the flesh of the calf used as food
Also called veal calf. a calf, esp one bred for eating
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

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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