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Vocabulary: a few animals and the meat they give...
An advanced exercise on the Forum has proved to me what I hadn't imagined : you don't know your animals... and the meat (the flesh) that they unselfishly give us...
He brought with him numerous nobles from Normandy ; these people have transmitted lots of words of Norman origin and added them to English which had a strong Saxon influence . The Anglo-Saxon peasants would breed cattle [oxen , pigs, cows, calves, sheep , goats] and the Norman nobles would eat ‘beef', ‘pork', 'veal', 'mutton'...
'Ox' is the general word for ‘a cow', a heifer (a young cow), a bull (the male), a bullock(GB)/steer(US) (a castrated male), a calf (=> calves in the plural)), a buffalo, domestic and wild species... The word 'Ox' is not much used now.
Similarly, pigs and sheep changed names while they were becoming flesh to eat...
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