What is the difference between flesh and vegetarian?

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As nouns the difference between flesh and vegetarian

is that flesh is the soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat while vegetarian is a person who does not eat animal flesh, or, in some cases, animal products.

As a verb flesh

is to bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh.

As a adjective vegetarian is

of or relating to the type of diet eaten by vegetarians (in all senses).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia flesh)


  • The soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.
  • *1918 , Fannie Farmer, , Chapter XVII: Poultry and Game:
  • *:The flesh of chicken, fowl, and turkey has much shorter fibre than that of ruminating animals, and is not intermingled with fat,—the fat always being found in layers directly under the skin, and surrounding the intestines.
  • The skin of a human or animal.
  • (by extension) Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso.
  • (archaic) Animal tissue regarded as food; meat.
  • *:
  • *:Thenne syr launcelot sayd / fader what shalle I do / Now sayd the good man / I requyre yow take this hayre that was this holy mans and putte it nexte thy skynne / and it shalle preuaylle the gretely / syr and I wille doo hit sayd sir launcelot / Also I charge you that ye ete no flesshe as longe as ye be in the quest of the sancgreal / nor ye shalle drynke noo wyne / and that ye here masse dayly and ye may doo hit
  • *c.1530s , , 7, xix-xxi,
  • *:The flesh' that twycheth any vnclene thinge shall not be eaten. but burnt with fire:and all that be clene in their flesh, maye eate ' flesh .
  • *:Yf any soule eate of the flesh' of the peaceofferynges, that pertayne vnto the Lorde and hys vnclennesse yet apon him, the same soule shall perisshe from amonge his peoole(sic). ¶ Moreouer yf a soule twych any vnclene thinge, whether it be the vnclennesse of man or of any vnclene beest or any abhominacion that is vnclene: ad the eate of the ' flesh of the peaceoffrynges whiche pertayne vnto the Lord, that soule shall perissh from his people.
  • The human body as a physical entity.
  • *c.1530s , , 6, x,
  • *:And the preast shall put on his lynen albe and his lynen breches apon his flesh , and take awaye the asshes whiche the fire of the burntsacrifice in the altare hath made, and put them besyde the alter,
  • (religion) The mortal body of a human being, contrasted with the spirit or soul.
  • *1769 , , 5, xvii,
  • *:For the flesh' lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the ' flesh : and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
  • *1929 January, Bassett Morgan ( ,
  • *:But death had no gift for me, no power to free me from flesh .
  • (religion) The evil and corrupting principle working in man.
  • The soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.
  • *2003 , Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest , page 81,
  • *:The flesh of black walnuts was a protein-packed winter food carefully hoarded in tall, stilted buildings.
  • (obsolete) Tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
  • *Cowper
  • *:There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
  • (obsolete) Kindred; stock; race.
  • *Bible, Genesis xxxvii. 27
  • *:He is our brother and our flesh .
  • A yellowish pink colour; the colour of some Caucasian human skin.
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  • To bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh.
  • * 1933 , Robert E. Howard, The Scarlet Citadel
  • Give me a clean sword and a clean foe to flesh it in.
  • (obsolete) To inure or habituate someone (in) or (to) a given practice.
  • *, II.7:
  • And whosoever could now joyne us together, and eagerly flesh all our people to a common enterprise, we should make our ancient military name and chivalrous credit to flourish againe.
  • To put flesh on; to fatten.
  • To add details.
  • The writer had to go back and flesh out the climactic scene.
  • To remove the flesh from the skin during the making of leather.
  • Derived terms

    * exchange flesh * flesh and blood * flesh fly * flesh out * flesh side * flesh-wing * flesh wound * flesher * fleshing * fleshpot * fleshy * goose flesh * in the flesh * one flesh * pound of flesh * press the flesh * proud flesh * way of all flesh

    See also

    * carrion * incarnate * sarcoid *


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  • (en noun)
  • A person who does not eat animal flesh, or, in some cases, animal products.
  • * 1897 , Robert Hunter and Charles Morris, Universal Dictionary of the English Language , volume 4, page 5045:
  • Vegetarian Society formed at Manchester in 1847, to promote the use of cereals, pulse, and fruit, as articles of diet; and to induce habits of abstinence from fish, flesh, and fowl, as food.
  • * 1897 , Robert Hunter and Charles Morris, Universal Dictionary of the English Language , volume 4, page 5045:
  • vegetarian [...] One who abstains from animal food, living exclusively on vegetables, milk, eggs, and the like. The more strict vegetarians eat vegetables and farinaceous food only, abstaining from eggs, butter, milk, and in some cases, honey.
  • An animal that eats only plants; a herbivore.
  • Synonyms

    * (animal that eats only plants) herbivore (standard term)

    Coordinate terms

    * (animal that also eats meat) omnivore * (animal that only eats meat) carnivore * (person that only eats meat) meatarian, meatatarian


    * (person who does not eat animals) vegan; lactovegetarian, lactarian; lacto-ovo-vegetarian, ovo-lacto-vegetarian, ovolactovegetarian


    (en adjective)
  • Of or relating to the type of diet eaten by vegetarians (in all senses).
  • Of a product normally made with meat, having non-meat substitutes in place of meat.
  • * 2008 , Wil Forbis, Acid Logic: A Decade of Humorous Writing on Pop Culture, Trash Cinema, and Rebel Music , p. 208:
  • Is there such a thing as a good tasting vegetarian hot dog? Cuz every one I've tried tasted like smelted tire.
  • (of a person) That does not eat meat.
  • Derived terms

    * vegetarianism

    See also

    * fruitarian * vagitarian * nutarian * pescetarian * vegan ----