part of speech: noun

definition 1: the flesh of animals when used as food.

synonyms: flesh

definition 2: the inner part, which can be eaten, in contrast to the shell or skin.

  • She peeled the orange to get to its meat.

synonyms: flesh

definition 3: the most important part of a speech or written work.

  • The meat of the story was in the fourth chapter, where things really got interesting.

synonyms: substance

derivation: meatless (adj.)

Word Builder: meat +

meat-packing: having to do with preparing the meat of animals for use as food.