from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The chest of an animal.
  • n. The ribs and meat taken from the chest of an animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The chest of an animal
  • n. A cut of meat taken from this area, especially from the section under the first five ribs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of the breast of an animal which extends from the fore legs back beneath the ribs; also applied to the fore part of a horse, from the shoulders to the bottom of the chest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The breast of an animal, or that part of the breast that lies next to the ribs; in a horse, the part extending from the neck at the shoulder down to the fore legs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest especially of beef


Middle English brusket, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English brusket, from Old Danish bryske ‘cartilage, gristle’ (modern brusk), from Proto-Germanic *breuskiz (compare German Brausche ‘knot on the head’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreus- ‘to break’. More at bruise. (Wiktionary)



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