noun \ˈvēl\

: the meat of a young cow (called a calf) that is used for food

Full Definition of VEAL

:  the flesh of a young calf
:  calf; especially :  vealer

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Origin of VEAL

Middle English veel, from Anglo-French, calf, veal, from Latin vitellus small calf, diminutive of vitulus calf — more at wether
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of VEAL

transitive verb
:  to kill and dress (a calf) for veal

First Known Use of VEAL

circa 1901


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Meat of young calves. It is usually pale grayish white in colour, firm and fine-grained, with a velvety texture. Calves bred to yield veal are usually raised indoors under controlled temperatures and intensively fed on milk, high-protein calf meal, or both. Herbaceous foods are excluded, which results in an iron deficiency that produces the desirable light colour in the meat. In recent decades, animal-rights groups have denounced calf farming as cruel.


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