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seafood (usually uncountable, plural seafoods)
- A colloquial term for fish, shellfish, seaweed, and other edible aquatic life.
- A nutritional term and culinary term for finned fish and shellfish used as food. In some cultures cartilaginous fish may be included. Contextually, other aquatic animals like tetrapods and aquatic plants like seaweed are excluded from the definition. In the nutritional context, culinary context and in some regional vernacular the term “seafood” is ordinarily differentiated from “meat”, which is defined as a separate category of food.
- A general term and regional vernacular for edible marine fish and shellfish. In this context “seafood” is sometimes not deemed as its own food category; rather its considered to be a specific subcategory of meat when the broader definitions of “meat” are being used.
fish, shellfish, seaweed and other edible aquatic life
From English seafood, which resembles the pronunciation of 屎窟 (si2 fat1, “buttocks”), in turn an ellipsis of 屎窟鬼 (si2 fat1 gwai2, “asshole”).
- (Hong Kong Cantonese, neologism, euphemistic) asshole; jerk; shithead
- old seafood [Cantonese] ― ou1 si1 fut1 [Jyutping] ― (please add an English translation of this example)
- 老seafood [Cantonese] ― lou5 si1 fut1 [Jyutping] ― (please add an English translation of this example)
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