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ven´i - z ' n , ven´z ' n : Is derived (through the French venaison ) from the Latin venari , "to hunt," and means properly "the spoils of the chase." As, however, the object of the chase, par excellence , was the deer, venison came to mean usually (as it invariably does in modern English) "deer's flesh." But in English Versions of the Bible this technical force seems not to be implied, for "venison" is used only for the two Hebrew words ציר , cayidh ( Genesis 25:28 ; Genesis 27:5 ff), and צידה , cēdhāh (Genesis 27:3 ), and both these words (from צוּד , cūdh , "to hunt") mean simply "game" of any kind.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Venison'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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