One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stewed or boiled meat.
- ‘All people praised the especially delicious bouilli sent by Su Dongpo.’
- ‘‘Soup and bouilli will do,’ replied the halffamished prisoner; ‘but let us have a large piece of beef, a gallon of soup, and ten pounds of bread, with beer in proportion.’’
- ‘A quantity of beef and pork and about fifty tins of bouilli were placed on board her.’
- ‘You see, rather than laboring to make the bouilli in advance of meal service, a cook-friendly version became the mainstay.’
- ‘Meat was preserved in tins in the Napoleonic period and known as bœuf bouilli, the origin of the English description of corned beef as ‘bully beef’.’
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