wet market

noun
plural wet markets

Definition of wet market

: a market that sells perishable items (such as fresh meat and produce) and sometimes live animals which are often slaughtered on-site But wet markets, as opposed to dry markets, which sell non-perishable goods such as grain or household products, are simply places that offer a wide range of fresh produce. Some, but not all, also sell live animals.— Ben Westcott and Serenitie Wang Experts fear a similar regulatory failure may have enabled the coronavirus outbreak: the longstanding inability to clean up so-called wet markets, which are stuffed with livestock living and dead, domesticated and wild.— Max Fisher

First Known Use of wet market

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wet market

allegedly so called from the wet floors of such markets, due to the melting of ice used to keep seafood fresh and the frequent hosing down of stalls

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“Wet market.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet%20market. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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