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white meat

any meat that is light-colored before cooking, as veal or chicken (distinguished from red meat).
meat that is light-colored after cooking, as veal or breast of chicken or of turkey (distinguished from dark meat).
Slang: Vulgar. a white person considered as a sexual partner.
Southern U.S. salt pork, fatback, or other pork without any lean.
Archaic. food made from milk.
Also called light meat (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of white meat
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English Unabridged
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  • Miss Brock allowed Helen to eat some of the white meat of the turkey.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • When the white meat is dried, it is shredded for pastry and candy.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • Chop the white meat of one chicken very fine; pound to a paste.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
  • How should their humours be fed but by white meat, and cunning secondings?

  • But the cocoanut was on the table in its brown shell, all ready to be broken open and the white meat inside put in the cake.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • Remove and cut away the white meat from the breast and set aside.

  • Turning the chicken with the breast down causes the juices to permeate the white meat and thus make it tender and juicy.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for white meat

white meat

any meat that is light in colour, such as veal or the breast of turkey Compare red meat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for white meat

meat of poultry, pigs, etc., as opposed to red meat, is recorded from 1752; earlier it meant "foods prepared from milk" (early 15c.). Black slang sense of "white women as sex partners" is from 1920s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for white meat

white lightning

noun phrase

  1. Inferior whiskey; panther piss, rotgut: He had a pint of bootleg white lightning (1921+)
  2. acid, lsd (1970s+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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