1. Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything; as, the meat of a lobster, a nut, or an egg. "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, . . . To you it shall be for meat." (Gen. I. 29) "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you." (Gen. Ix. 3)
Origin: OE. Mete, AS. Mete; akin to OS. Mat, meti, D. Met hashed meat, G. Mettwurst sausage, OHG. Maz food, Icel. Matr, Sw. Mat, Dan. Mad, Goth. Mats. Cf. Mast fruit, Mush.
(01 Mar 1998)
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