bushmeat

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noun bush·meat \ˈbu̇sh-ˌmēt\
variants: less commonly

bush meat

Definition of bushmeat

  1. :  meat obtained by hunting wild animals especially in Africa and Asia Hahn's studies also alerted her to the spiraling trade in meat from wild animals, called bushmeat, which threatens chimps, gorillas, orangutans, and many other primate species with extinction. — Discover, December 2002 The rarity of fish in West Africa contributes to the bushmeat trade—meaning that leopards, monkeys, hippos, and antelopes are paying the price of EU overfishing. — Jonathan Stein, Mother Jones, March 2006 … an organization … which works in the Democratic Republic of Congo to protect bonobo habitats and to combat illegal trading in bush meat. — Ian Parker, New Yorker, 30 July 2007

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1842

First Known Use of bushmeat

1842


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