from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The flesh of animals slaughtered by the butcher for food, such as that of oxen, sheep, pigs, etc., as distinguished from game or other animal or vegetable food; butchers' meat.


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  • Being alone, we could not divide the butcher-meat of a slaughtered animal with a prospect of getting a return with regularity.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • The food taken on board for the long voyage in prospect consisted of twenty thousand pounds of butcher-meat, five hundred head of poultry, one hundred and fourteen live sheep, eight bullocks, a milch cow, and eighty tons of ice.

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878

  • They bring home prisoners not to reduce to slavery but as butcher-meat to garnish future festivals.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917

  • Forty years later he told Walter Scott and Lockhart how “during many months when he was toiling in early life in London he hardly over tasted butcher-meat except on a Sunday, when he dined usually with a tradesman's family, and thought their leg of mutton, baked in the pan, the perfection of luxury.”


  • When my mother had got her fish laid at the bottom of the creel, she next went to the "flesher" for her butcher-meat.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • Two or three tons of fine fat butcher-meat were far better than the price, seeing their wives could make any number of cooking pots for nothing.

    The Last Journals of David Livingstone from 1865 to His Death

  • In the East, butcher-meat is generally eaten the day it is killed, and it is rarely kept a second day, so that as a prohibition was issued against any of the flesh in the peace offerings being used on the third day, it has been thought, not without reason, that this injunction must have been given to prevent a superstitious notion arising that there was some virtue or holiness belonging to it.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Had the wisdom of Plato been mingled with his Scotch philosophy, the compound reduced to an essential oil of investigative profundity, and brought to bear on the subject in question, he would have signally failed to discover the reason of the Sudberrys 'larder being crammed that week with an unreasonable quantity of butcher-meat.

    Freaks on the Fells Three Months' Rustication

  • The Jemadar must have been particularly mortified at my way of disposing of the business, for he talked of nothing else but flesh and the animal from the moment it was sent for, his love for butcher-meat amounting almost to a frenzy.

    What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile

  • But these were but the secondary parts of a banquet; and the house-steward and bailiff, Lady Peveril's only coadjutors and counsellors, could not agree how the butcher-meat -- the most substantial part, or, as it were, the main body of the entertainment -- was to be supplied.

    Peveril of the Peak


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