Meat vs. Beef

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Meat and Beef is that the Meat is a animal flesh eaten as food and Beef is a meat from cattle.

  • Meat

    Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food. Humans have hunted and killed animals for meat since prehistoric times. The advent of civilization allowed the domestication of animals such as chickens, sheep, rabbits, pigs and cattle. This eventually led to their use in meat production on an industrial scale with the aid of slaughterhouses.

    Meat is mainly composed of water, protein, and fat. It is edible raw, but is normally eaten after it has been cooked and seasoned or processed in a variety of ways. Unprocessed meat will spoil or rot within hours or days as a result of infection with and decomposition by bacteria and fungi.

    Meat is important in economy and culture, even though its mass production and consumption has been determined to pose risks for human health and the environment. Many religions have rules about which meat may or may not be eaten, and vegetarian people abstain from eating meat because of concerns about the ethics of eating meat or about the effects of meat production or consumption.

  • Beef

    Beef is the culinary name for meat from cattle, particularly skeletal muscle. Humans have been eating beef since prehistoric times. Beef is a source of high-quality protein and nutrients.

    Beef skeletal muscle meat can be used as is by merely cutting into certain parts roasts, short ribs or steak (filet mignon, sirloin steak, rump steak, rib steak, rib eye steak, hanger steak, etc.), while other cuts are processed (corned beef or beef jerky). Trimmings, on the other hand, are usually mixed with meat from older, leaner (therefore tougher) cattle, are ground, minced or used in sausages. The blood is used in some varieties called blood sausage. Other parts that are eaten include other muscles and offal, such as the oxtail, liver, tongue, tripe from the reticulum or rumen, glands (particularly the pancreas and thymus, referred to as sweetbread), the heart, the brain (although forbidden where there is a danger of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, commonly referred to as mad cow disease), the kidneys, and the tender testicles of the bull (known in the United States as calf fries, prairie oysters, or Rocky Mountain oysters). Some intestines are cooked and eaten as is, but are more often cleaned and used as natural sausage casings. The bones are used for making beef stock.

    Beef from steers and heifers is similar. Depending on economics, the number of heifers kept for breeding varies. The meat from older bulls, because it is usually tougher, is frequently used for mince (known as ground beef in the United States). Cattle raised for beef may be allowed to roam free on grasslands, or may be confined at some stage in pens as part of a large feeding operation called a feedlot (or concentrated animal feeding operation), where they are usually fed a ration of grain, protein, roughage and a vitamin/mineral preblend.

    Beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world, accounting for about 25% of meat production worldwide, after pork and poultry at 38% and 30% respectively. In absolute numbers, the United States, Brazil, and the People’s Republic of China are the world’s three largest consumers of beef; Uruguay, however, has the highest beef and veal consumption per capita, followed by Argentina and Brazil. According to the data from OECD, the average Uruguayan ate over 42 kg (93 lb) of beef or veal in 2014, representing the highest beef/veal consumption per capita in the world. In comparison, the average American consumed only about 24 kg (53 lb) beef or veal in the same year, while African countries, such as Mozambique, Ghana, and Nigeria, consumed the least beef or veal per capita.

    Cows are considered sacred in the Hinduism and most observant Hindus who do eat meat almost always abstain from beef.

    In 2015, the world’s largest exporters of beef were India, Brazil and Australia. Beef production is also important to the economies of Uruguay, Canada, Paraguay, Mexico, Argentina, Belarus and Nicaragua.

  • Meat (noun)

    The flesh (muscle tissue) of an animal used as food. from 14th c.

    “A large portion of domestic meat production comes from animals raised on factory farms.”

    “The homesteading teenager shot a deer to supply his family with wild meat for the winter.”

  • Meat (noun)

    A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. from 16th c.

    “The butchery’s profit rate on various meats varies greatly.”

  • Meat (noun)

    Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. from 8th c.

  • Meat (noun)

    A type of food, a dish. from 9th c.

  • Meat (noun)

    A meal. from 9th c.

  • Meat (noun)

    Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc. from 15th c.

    “The apple looked fine on the outside, but the meat was not very firm.”

  • Meat (noun)

    A penis. from 16th c.

  • Meat (noun)

    The best or most substantial part of something. from 16th c.

    “We recruited him right from the meat of our competitor.”

  • Meat (noun)

    The sweet spot of a bat or club (in cricket, golf, baseball etc.). from 20th c.

    “He hit it right on the meat of the bat.”

  • Meat (noun)

    A meathead.

    “Throw it in here, meat.”

  • Meat (noun)

    A totem, or a clan or clansman which uses it.

  • Beef (noun)

    The meat from a cow, bull{{,}} or other bovine.

    “I love eating beef.”

  • Beef (noun)

    The edible portions of a cow (including those which are not meat).

    “lean finely textured beef”

    “boneless lean beef trimmings”

  • Beef (noun)

    Bovine animals.

  • Beef (noun)

    A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat.

    “Do you want to raise beeves?”

  • Beef (noun)

    Muscle or musculature; size, strength or potency.

    “Put some beef into it! We’ve got to get the car over the bump.”

    “We’ve got to get some beef into the enforcement provisions of that law.”

  • Beef (noun)

    A grudge; dislike (of something or someone); lack of faith or trust (in something or someone); a reason for a dislike or grudge. (often + with)

    “He’s got a beef with everyone in the room.”

    “He’s got beef over what you said.”

    “Remember what happened last fall? That’s his beef with me.”

  • Beef (verb)

    To complain.

  • Beef (verb)

    To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up.

    “Since you stopped running, you are really beefing out.”

  • Beef (verb)

    To fart; break wind.

    “Ugh, who just beefed in here?”

  • Beef (verb)

    To feud or hold a grudge against.

    “Those two are beefing right now – best you stay out of it for now.”

  • Beef (verb)

    To cry

    “David was beefing last night after Ruth told him off”

  • Beef (adjective)

    Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat.

    “We bought three beef calves this morning.”

  • Beef (adjective)

    Producing or known for raising lots of beef.

    “beef farms”

    “beef country”

  • Beef (adjective)

    Consisting of or beef as an ingredient.

    “beef stew”

  • Beef (noun)

    the flesh of a cow, bull, or ox, used as food

    “beef cattle”

    “there was the smell of roast beef”

  • Beef (noun)

    a cow, bull, or ox fattened for its meat

    “a beef sent to the abattoir”

  • Beef (noun)

    flesh with well-developed muscle

    “he needs a little more beef on his bones”

  • Beef (noun)

    strength or power

    “he was brought in to give the team more beef”

  • Beef (noun)

    the substance of a matter

    “it’s more a sketch than a policy—where’s the beef?”

  • Beef (noun)

    a complaint or grievance

    “he has a beef with education: it doesn’t teach the basics of investing”

  • Beef (noun)

    a criminal charge

    “getting caught with pot in the sixties was a narco beef”

  • Beef (verb)


    “he was beefing about how the recession was killing the business”

Oxford Dictionary

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