venison

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noun ven·i·son \ ˈve-nə-sən also -zən , British usually ˈven-zən \

Definition of venison

plural venisons also venison
:the edible flesh of a game animal and especially a deer

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Origin and Etymology of venison

Middle English venisoun "game animal, meat of a game animal," borrowed from Anglo-French veneisun, going back to Latin vēnātiōn-, vēnātiō "hunting, game animals," from vēnārī "to go hunting, hunt" (probably derivative of a nominal stem *wēn- "hunting, of the hunt," lengthened-grade derivative of a verbal stem *wen- "wish, desire") + -tiōn-, tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at venus


VENISON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of venison for English Language Learners

  • : the meat of a deer


VENISON Defined for Kids

venison

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noun ven·i·son \ ˈve-nə-sən , -zən \

Definition of venison for Students

:the meat of a deer used for food


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