[ven-uh-suhn, -zuhn]
the flesh of a deer or similar animal as used for food.

1250–1300; Middle English ven(a)ison < Old French veneison, venaison < Latin vēnātiōn (stem of vēnātiō hunting), equivalent to vēnāt(us) (see venatic) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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venison (ˈvɛnɪzən, -sən)
1.  the flesh of a deer, used as food
2.  archaic the flesh of any game animal used for food
[C13: from Old French venaison, from Latin vēnātiō hunting, from vēnārī to hunt]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. venesoun "meat of large game," especially deer or boar, also "a hunt," from L. venationem (nom. venatio) "a hunt," also "game as the product of the hunt," from venatus, p.p. of venari "to hunt, pursue," probably from PIE base *wen- "to strive after" (cf. Skt. veti "follows after,"
Avestan vayeiti "hunts," Lith. veju "to hunt, pursue," O.C.S. voji "warrior," O.E. waþ "hunting," O.N. veiðr "chase, hunting, fishing;" see Venus).
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Encyclopedia Britannica


(from Latin venatus, "to hunt"), the meat from any kind of deer; originally, the term referred to any kind of edible game

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Example sentences
The only venison that can be sold commercially by butchers is ranch-raised.
Later, feast on island fare: venison and rabbit hot pot, seasonal salads from
  seaweed-composted garden.
But now there is a new, legal source for wild venison.
In season, expect a dish devoted to game, such as venison or roast duckling.
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