Is fish considered a meat?


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Fish is considered a meat if going by the dictionary definition of meat: the flesh of an animal. However, there are culinary and religious definitions that place fish in a different category.

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Meat is sometimes used to designate the flesh of only warm-blooded animals. This is seen in Catholicism, with the prohibition on meat during Lent. The word used for meat in this case is the Latin word "carne," which specifically means the flesh of warm-blooded animals.

In culinary terms, fish and poultry are considered separate from meat, which is typically defined as the flesh of warm-blooded, land animals, such as cows, pigs, sheep and reptiles.

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