flesh

Flesh is the part of a body that's made of muscles and fat. If you grab the flesh of your little brother's arm to keep him from running into the street, you're holding the soft part of his arm.

We often use the word flesh to talk about the tissues of an animal's body — in other words, the fat and muscle that most humans consider to be food, or meat. But you'll also hear people say "flesh and bone" or "flesh and blood" when they're describing the physical parts of a human. The Old English root is flæsc, "flesh or meat."

Definitions of flesh
  1. noun
    the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat
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    type of:
    animal tissue
    the tissue in the bodies of animals
  2. noun
    alternative names for the body of a human being
    “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”
    synonyms: anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
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    person
    a human body (usually including the clothing)
    juvenile body
    the body of a young person
    adult body
    the body of an adult human being
    male body
    the body of a male human being
    female body
    the body of a female human being
    child's body
    the body of a human child
    adult female body, woman's body
    the body of an adult woman
    adult male body, man's body
    the body of an adult man
    type of:
    body, organic structure, physical structure
    the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
  3. verb
    remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture
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    type of:
    get rid of, remove
    dispose of
  4. noun
    a soft moist part of a fruit
    synonyms: pulp
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    type of:
    plant tissue
    the tissue of a plant
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