sea·​food | \ ˈsē-ˌfüd \

Definition of seafood

: edible marine fish and shellfish

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More control of the sea allows for greater access to resources — like seafood and energy — as well as global prestige. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing," 18 Sep. 2018 Humans are impacted as well, as microplastics make their way into our food through seafood, water, and sea salt. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 Daphne's Chef Michele Blasi updates Italian classics with the region's freshest seafood, as glimpsed in an asparagus soup with red snapper or linguine with Caribbean lobster and chilis. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Customers can order produce, baked goods, dairy products, meat, seafood, flowers, and other everyday items for pickup. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon launches grocery pickup at Whole Foods for Prime members," 8 Aug. 2018 According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, seafood is the world’s most traded commodity, worth $150.9 billion a year. Gemma Zoe Price, WSJ, "The Fish Industry Is Plagued by Poor Quality and Fraud. One Chef Is Working to Combat It," 19 July 2018 At home, the father of three cooks Asian-style seafood dishes. John Clarke, WSJ, "After Eating at 99 of the World’s Best Restaurants, a Gourmet Whiffs at 100," 30 July 2018 Dinner items are a tad pricier, especially ultra-fresh seafood items at market prices, but high quality for the money. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Seafood is a real strength at this new dim-sum spot in Sacramento's central city | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Dupuy’s is famous for its oysters on the half shell and large variety of seafood items, and the Hebert family is committed to keeping the customers coming back for more. Shari Puterman, The Seattle Times, "Despite risks, Abbeville restaurant withstands test of time," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of seafood

1836, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seafood

: fish and shellfish that live in the ocean and are used for food


sea·​food | \ ˈsē-ˌfüd \

Kids Definition of seafood

: saltwater fish and shellfish used as food

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