Carl in Vancouver, British Columbia, wonders if it’s incorrect to use the word meat to denote the edible part of an egg. Meat can indeed be used to denote the edible part of a nut, a fruit, or an egg. In Middle English, the word meat referred to any edible food, and over time, its meaning narrowed. In the 15th century, the term green-mete could be used to mean “vegetables,” and white meat sometimes meant “dairy products.” This is part of a complete episode.

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