pes·​ca·​tar·​i·​an | \ˌpe-skə-ˈter-ē-ən \
variants: or pescetarian

Definition of pescatarian 

: one whose diet includes fish but no other meat

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The Difference Between Vegetarian, Vegan, and Other Diets

The word vegetarian sprouted up in 1839. Fruitarian ("a person who lives on fruit") ripened by 1893. In 1944, vegetarians who consume no animal or dairy products began calling themselves vegans. Then, in 1993, those who eat fish but no other meat chose pesce, the Italian word for "fish," to create the designation pescatarian. In that same year, meatatarian was served up as a word for those whose diet largely includes meat; that word is rare, however, and is usually used in informal and humorous ways, making it the type of fare not included in our dictionaries. Another fairly recent dietary word is flexitarian, a person who follows a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish.

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Grill like a pescatarian Cooking most meat at temperatures above 300°F can produce potentially cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs), according to the National Cancer Institute. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "4 Ways to Make Grilling Healthier This Summer," 1 June 2018 With meal planning options for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, plus for those managing diabetes, eating paleo or gluten-free, Sun Basket has the healthy food bundle for your particular eating yen. Laura Norkin, Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 22 May 2018 And as a pescatarian, the only meat the oldest Scott brother eats comes from fish. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Who Is JD Scott? Everything You Need to Know About the Third Property Brother," 7 May 2018 The study directly contradicts another by the University of Alberta last year that found no significant differences between the death rates of vegetarians, pescatarians (people who eat fish but not meat), and meat eaters. Emily Price, Fortune, "Vegetarian Diet May Prevent 1 in 3 Early Deaths, According to New Research," 27 Apr. 2018 So to launch a series of stories on vegetarian eating and cooking, this pescatarian walked into a vegan restaurant. Danika Worthington, The Know, "The best vegetarian restaurants in Denver: A pescatarian transplant begins her hunt," 31 Jan. 2017 Vegetarians who don’t eat meat but will consume fish (pescatarians) can get enough B12 by eating low-mercury fish like salmon or Atlantic mackerel (be cautious of other types of mackerel that may be high in mercury). Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, "What vegetarians need to eat during pregnancy," 9 June 2017 Over yuzu cocktails, the group began grilling slices of crimson kalbi (Angus off-the-bone short ribs) and sashimi-grade tuna, an addition that Kim made to accommodate pescatarians. Becky Cooper, The New Yorker, "Dokebi Bar & Grill Conjures Korean Feasts," 13 Mar. 2017 Others appeal to people with strict diets: like Plated for pescatarians, Green Chef for vegans and Sun Baskets for non-GMO eaters. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Growing home meal kit phenomenon is stirring up food industry, stressing out supermarkets," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of pescatarian

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pescatarian

probably from Italian pesce fish (from Latin piscis) + English vegetarian

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