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From Italian pesce (fish) +‎ -arian, by analogy with vegetarian.



pescetarian (plural pescetarians)

  1. A person who consumes no animal flesh with the exception of fish or seafood. [c. 1990]
    • 1999 March 26, Jessica R. Shawl, “‘Vegetarians’???”, in, Usenet[1], message-ID <>:
      I'm curious what you do when you encounter a friend, family member, whoever who claims to be a "vegetarian who eats fish". It *really* bothers me when this happens because it contributes to the assumption that I eat fish and I don't, because I am a vegetarian. I feel like it gives all vegetarians a bad name. Do you correct them? Do you not bother? And how do you correct them? I was thinking that saying something like "oh, you mean your[sic] a pescetarian" would be ok and give them the appropriate term. Speaking of which, how is "pescetarian" pronounced?
    • 2004, Pierre Jean Cousin; Kirsten Hartvig, The Complete Guide to Nutritional Health: More Than 600 Foods and Recipes for Overcoming Illness and Boosting your Immunity, London: Duncan Baird Publishers, →ISBN, page 149:
      Eat for Immunity follows a plant-based approach to improving immunity that is relevant to every style of eating—carnivore, pescetarian, vegetarian and vegan.
    • 2006, Ayun Halliday, Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste, Emeryville, Calif.: Seal Press, →ISBN, page 151:
      "Why don't you just tell people you're a pescetarian?" a vegetarian I met recently asked, cutting me off midapologia for my beat-up leather jacket and my callow habit of behaving as if fish are neurologically no more complex than eggplants.

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  • Wikipedia-logo.svg pescetarian on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Paul McFedries (17 September 2003), “pescetarian”, in Word Spy, Logophilia Limited, retrieved 4 June 2017.
  • Google Trends comparison of the usage of the 3 spelling variations (pescatarian, pescetarian, and piscetarian), using data from web searches (globally) of each variation since January 2004 (start of dataset) to current date.