meat

Vegetarians don’t eat meat, at least they don’t nowadays. But had there been vegetarians a millennium ago, they would have. For, you see, meat did not always mean the flesh of animals. In Old English, the word mete meant simply “food.” From the Old English translation of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History (5.4):

he in his hus eode ך mete þigde
(he went into his house and accepted meat).

Bede’s original Latin has “ieiunium soluere” (break his fast).

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