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  1. the breast of an animal, or the part of the breast lying next to the ribs.
  2. a cut of meat, especially beef, from this part.
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Origin of brisket

1300–50; Middle English brusket, perhaps < Old Norse brjōsk cartilage
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  1. the breast of a four-legged animal
  2. the meat from this part, esp of beef
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Word Origin for brisket

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse brjōsk gristle, Norwegian and Danish brusk
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Word Origin and History for brisket


mid-14c., brusket, perhaps from Old French bruschet, with identical sense of the English word, or from Old Norse brjosk "gristle, cartilage" (related to brjost "breast") or Danish bryske or Middle High German brusche "lump, swelling;" from PIE *bhreus- "to swell, sprout" (see breast (n.)).

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