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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


\VAHY-uhnd\ , noun;
An article of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind.
It is neither the quality nor the quantity, but the devotion to sensual savors; when that which is eaten is not a viand to sustain our animal, or inspire our spiritual life, but food for the worms that possess us.
-- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
The truth is, beef is my weakness; and I do declare that I derive more positive enjoyment from the simple viand than from any concoction whatever in the whole cook's cyclopaedia.
-- William Makepeace Thackeray, Memorials of Gormandising
Viand ultimately stems from the Latin vivenda, "things to be lived on," related to the Latin verb "to live."
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