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Please tell me the origin of the word beef as in he meat
Submitted by andrew ammons-mistry (N Myrtle Beach - U.S.A.)
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Greek 'bous', Latin 'bos', both menaing ox. The more immediate link is via Old French 'boef', beef.
Signature: Jonathon Green