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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English venerie, borrowed from Middle French venerie, from Old French venerie (hunting), derived from vener, from Latin vēnor (I hunt).


venery (usually uncountable, plural veneries)

  1. The hunting of wild animals.
    • 1963, Thomas Pynchon, V.
      But soon enough he’d wake up the second, real time, to make again the tiresome discovery that it hadn’t really ever stopped being the same simple-minded, literal pursuit; V. ambiguously a beast of venery, chased like the hart, hind or hare, chased like an obsolete, or bizarre, or forbidden form of sexual delight.
  2. Game animals.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Medieval Latin veneria, from venus (love).


venery (countable and uncountable, plural veneries)

  1. The pursuit of sexual pleasure or indulgence.
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