—meatless, adj./meet/, n.1. the flesh of animals as used for food.2. the edible part of anything, as a fruit or nut: Crack the walnuts and remove the meats.3. the essential point or part of an argument, literary work, etc.; gist; crux: The meat of the play is the jealousy between the two brothers.4. solid food: meat and drink.5. solid or substantial content; pith: The article was full of meat, with few wasted words.6. a favorite occupation, activity, etc.: Chess in his meat.7. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pork, esp. bacon.8. Slang (vulgar). penis.9. Archaic. the principal meal: to say grace before meat.10. piece of meat, Slang.a. a person regarded merely as a sex object.b. a person, as a prizefighter or laborer, regarded merely as a strong or useful physical specimen.
* * *Flesh and other edible parts of animals, particularly mammals, used for food.Not only the muscles and fat but also organs such as the liver, kidney, and heart are consumed as meat. Meat is valued as a complete-protein food, containing all the amino acids necessary for the human body. It is digested slowly, largely because of the presence of fats. Worldwide, pork is the most widely consumed meat; beef is second. Mutton and lamb, goat, venison, and rabbit are other common meats. The U.S. produces and consumes about a third of the world's meat, while much of the world's population eats little if any meat, though it is generally prized.
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