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[ven-uh-suh n, -zuh n] /ˈvɛn ə sən, -zən/
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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Examples for venison
  • 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.
  • The usual duck and pork pâtés compete with fanciful terrines made of bison, venison and rabbit.
  • venison sausage, a robust and well-spiced starter, arrived grilled and sliced with a tangy onion-pepper marmalade.
  • He also liked to hunt, and in good years that meant venison stew in the firehouse.
  • In a number of restaurants, venison has actually supplanted beef on seasonal menus in the past several years.
  • As cattle are among the first, so perhaps venison is among the last parts of this sort of rude produce which bring this price.
  • Shrimp remoulade will be presented carpaccio-style, as will venison.
British Dictionary definitions for venison


/ˈvɛnɪzən; -sən/
the flesh of a deer, used as food
(archaic) the flesh of any game animal used for food
Word Origin
C13: from Old French venaison, from Latin vēnātiō hunting, from vēnārī to hunt
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Word Origin and History for venison
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 Article for venison

(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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