Meat of four-footed animals vs. meat of birds

Meat of Animals:

  • Cattle/cow – Beef
  • Calf – Veal
  • Sheep/Goat – Mutton
  • Lamb – Lamb
  • Pig – Pork/Ham/Bacon
  • Deer – Venison


Lamb: A sheep in its first year. Its meat is also called lamb.

Calf: A young animal, esp., a domestic cow or bull in its first year.


Meat of Birds:

For birds, the same word is usually used for both the meat and the creature.

  • Shall we have chicken or duck for dinner?


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