One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A calf less than a year old which has been fattened for slaughter.‘vealers were sold at the time when the price received per kilogram was lowest’
- ‘The table shows monthly statistics of stock slaughtered: cattle, vealers, calves, pigs, and sheep, July 1971-December 1974.’
- ‘She can't be sold as a vealer.’
- ‘You were driving too fast, hit a vealer and kept going.’
- ‘I produced weaners, vealers, steers, fat cows, stud bulls, fine wool and prime lambs.’
- ‘A 450-kilo heavy vealer steer - more precisely a Limousin cross steer - sold for 251 cents a kilo, or $1,200 in total.’
- ‘Livestock records in Victoria continue to tumble, with a vealer selling for 239.2 cents a kilo at a trade sale in Pakenham yesterday.’
- ‘The average price for heavy vealers at the sale ranged from 195 to 220 cents a kilo.’
- ‘He called him every kind of careless hound, not fit to be in charge of a vealer.’
- ‘It has been developed as a vealer-fattening property.’
- ‘He would have been worth £50 as a vealer and £40 as a steer.’
1930s: from veal + -er.
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