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Why is Lamb Lamb but Cow is Beef ???!!!

missflic Avatar
8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
My query is:

Why is it that the following animals meat is the same as the animal ..

Lamb - Lamb
Chicken - Chicken
Duck - Duck

But the following are not ?!!

Cow - Beef
Pig - Pork
etc.

I don't get it ... i know that you can have different cuts of beef etc but then you can have different bits of chicken ??

Can anyone shed any light on this subject?!
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
no soz, but I would be interested to find out too haha
banned#2
because the lamb is the young of a sheep and thats what your eating a lamb not a sheep .... what you should ask is why is mutton so called
#3
fragaliciousbob;3194485
because the lamb is the young of a sheep and thats what your eating a lamb not a sheep .... what you should ask is why is mutton so called

ok i'll give you that but as the op says why is cow beef? :?
#4
beef does not only come from cows! it can come from slaughtered bull, ox, or cow etc

COW is a female, the rest are male, hence you categorise it as beef!

hope that makes sense!
#5
fragaliciousbob;3194485
because the lamb is the young of a sheep and thats what your eating a lamb not a sheep .... what you should ask is why is mutton so called

Yeah well i get that but like you say it brings us back round onto why is sheep mutton but not sheep.
Also ... at what age does sheep become mutton ?? that must be a depressing day .. and do they just get fed up with sheering their sheep one day and go flog them for meat ?!?! hmmm :thinking:
#6
You think too much!
#7
murabi;3194502
beef does not only come from cows! it can come from slaughtered bull, ox, or cow etc

COW is a female, the rest are male, hence you categorise it as beef!

hope that makes sense!

eh? ta does that explain the duck chicken thing as well with that? i'm having a blonde day today !!
#8
missflic
Yeah well i get that but like you say it brings us back round onto why is sheep mutton but not sheep.
Also ... at what age does sheep become mutton ?? that must be a depressing day .. and do they just get fed up with sheering their sheep one day and go flog them for meat ?!?! hmmm :thinking:


The fully grown sheep is normally sheep mutton, when the lamb turns into a sheep!:thinking:
#9
murabi;3194502
beef does not only come from cows! it can come from slaughtered bull, ox, or cow etc

COW is a female, the rest are male, hence you categorise it as beef!

hope that makes sense!

teh .. does that explain the chicken duck thing too then? do they not need to catergorise them?
blonde day today for me. :p x
banned#10
Definitions as to when lamb becomes mutton have long varied. However, it is now generally agreed that the animal should be aged two years or more
#11
when eating beef, you do not know the gender of the animal, you just know its beef!
#12
murabi;3194502
beef does not only come from cows! it can come from slaughtered bull, ox, or cow etc

COW is a female, the rest are male, hence you categorise it as beef!

hope that makes sense!

so why is pig pork? :?
banned#13
This differentiation goes back to the Norman Conquest of England. The names of the domestic animals are all of Anglo-Saxon origin, while the names of the meats derived from them come from Norman French and ultimately Latin. The common explanation for this is that after the conquest, Anglo-Saxons were often restricted to menial roles such as cowherd, swineherd, etc. Their Norman masters were the ones who actually got to eat the viands

Cow: Old English cu; akin to Old High German kuo
Beef: Old French buef, ox, from Latin bouv-, bos, head of cattle
#14
cheerleader
so why is pig pork? :?


because pork has been categorised, it can also come from hogs, and boars as well as pigs?

i think so! :oops:
#15
It doesn't matter, meat is meat and man must eat!
#16
I'm sure that lamb is lamb upto one year old, then it becomes Hoggot upto two years old then Mutton onwards.
Mutton is lovely meat, great taste and ideal for casseroles.
#17
Why is a hamburger called so - even though it doesn't contain any ham?

Simple, the beef patty known as a beefburger nowadays originated in Hamburg Germany:thumbsup:
#18
you lot are clever :-)
#19
If female chickens are chickens, and male chickens are cocks does that mean every chicken we eat is female?
#20
Lamb is only lamb if it is under a certain age. Then it is mutton.
#21
sancho1983
If female chickens are chickens, and male chickens are cocks does that mean every chicken we eat is female?


Yes - essentially all chicks are sexed and the males segregated and gassed.
#22
murabi
when eating beef, you do not know the gender of the animal, you just know its beef!


The majority of it will be male beef (bullock). The majority of females are kept as dairy herd and probably knocked off for Indian restaurants once they are ready to croak it.
#23
Rockhound
Yes - essentially all chicks are sexed and the males segregated and gassed.


Wait, so all male chicks are killed? what a waste
#24
you also get roosters as well! An adult male chicken
#25
sancho1983
Wait, so all male chicks are killed? what a waste



Yeah .. unfortunately. They are of little comercial use. See Hugh Fearnley prog..for a more sensible outlook.

They are used as foodstuff but generally tipped I think.
#26
murabi
you also get roosters as well! An adult male chicken


Yeah I agree - taste good too IMO. But vast majority of male chicks are killed.
#27
a male duck is called a drake!

but we just classify it as duck, in different languages, there are different words for male and female, in english its a bit more plain and simple. chicken, duck, etc, but other languages have different words for chicken, and rooster, and sheep, goats etc!
#28
sancho1983
If female chickens are chickens, and male chickens are cocks does that mean every chicken we eat is female?


Id rather say I love chicken than say I love cock.

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