Venison Ven"i*son (?; 277), n. [OE. veneison, veneson, venison, OF. veneison, F. venaison, L. venatio hunting, the chase, game, fr. venari, p. p. venatus, to hunt; perhaps akin to OHG. weidin?n, weidenen, to pasture, to hunt, G. weide pasturage. Cf. {Gain} to acquire, {Venation}.] 1. Beasts of the chase. [Obs.] --Fabyan. [1913 Webster]

2. Formerly, the flesh of any of the edible beasts of the chase, also of game birds; now, the flesh of animals of the deer kind exclusively. [1913 Webster]

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  • venison — ► NOUN ▪ meat from a deer. ORIGIN Old French venesoun, from Latin venatio hunting …   English terms dictionary

  • venison — [ven′i sən, ven′izən] n. [ME veneison < OFr, hunting < L venatio, the chase < venatus, pp. of venari, to hunt < IE base * wen , to strive for, desire > WIN, L venus, love] 1. Obs. the flesh of a game animal, used as food 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • venison — /ven euh seuhn, zeuhn/, n. the flesh of a deer or similar animal as used for food. [1250 1300; ME ven(a)ison < OF veneison, venaison < L venation (s. of venatio hunting), equiv. to venat(us) (see VENATIC) + ion ION] * * * ▪ deer meat       (from… …   Universalium

  • venison — noun (plural venisons; also venison) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French veneisun game, venison, from Latin venation , venatio hunting, from venari to hunt, pursue; akin to Sanskrit vanoti he strives for more at win Date: 14th century… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • venison — Deer Deer (d[=e]r), n. sing. & pl. [OE. der, deor, animal, wild animal, AS. de[ o]r; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G. thier, tier, Icel. d[=y]r, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of unknown origin. [root]71.] 1. Any animal; especially, a wild… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • venison — [13] Latin vēnātiō meant ‘hunting’, hence ‘hunted animals, game’ (it was derived from vēnārī ‘hunt’, which may be distantly related to English win). English acquired it via Old French venison in the sense ‘flesh of hunted animals used for food’,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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