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[veel] /vil/
Also, vealer
[vee-ler] /ˈvi lər/ (Show IPA)
. a calf raised for its meat, usually a milk-fed animal less than three months old.
the flesh of the calf as used for food.
Origin of veal
1350-1400; Middle English ve(e)l < Anglo-French vel (Old French veel, veal) < Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus calf Unabridged
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Examples from the web for veal
  • Usually filled with minced pork or a mixture of pork, beef and/or veal, it can also be made with other kinds of meat.
  • Video is smoother than a freshly oiled veal cutlet, while scrolling through the music library is a breeze.
  • Fold in remnants of finely chopped cooked chicken, veal, or ham.
  • Mash yolks, and add equal amount of cold cooked chicken or veal, finely chopped.
  • Chop three-fourths cup cold cooked chicken or veal, and pound in a mortar.
  • Add the veal and sear it until it is lightly browned.
  • If a solid veal rump roast is going to break the budget, consider braising a whole veal shank.
  • And roasted veal sweetbreads over braised greens and hog jowl with brown butter.
  • It's delicious with a creamy blanquette of veal, delicately poached fish, or chicken braised with fennel and garlic.
  • Plated entrees feature pasta, chicken, veal and eggplant with a fish and beef dish.
British Dictionary definitions for veal


the flesh of the calf used as food
Also called veal calf. a calf, esp one bred for eating
adjective vituline
Word Origin
C14: from Old French veel, from Latin vitellus a little calf, from vitulus calf
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Word Origin and History for veal

late 14c., from Anglo-French vel, Old French veel "a calf" (Modern French veau), earlier vedel, from Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus "calf," perhaps originally "yearling," if related, as some think, to Sanskrit vatsah "calf," literally "yearling;" Gothic wiþrus, Old English weðer (see wether; cf. also veteran).

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