VENISON (pronounced venzori), originally a word meaning a beast of any kind killed in the chase, but now only applied to the flesh of the deer prepared for eating. The O. Fr. veneisun, venoison, etc., mod. venaison, meant the flesh of the deer or boar, the principal beasts of the chase (Lat. venalio, hunting).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)