Vegan alternatives for meat are on the rise. In this post, I introduce a simple way of naming them.
noun | \ˈvēt \
Definition of v e a t
Vegan alternative to animal tissue used as food
noun | \ˈvish\
Definition of v i s h
Vegan alternative to the flesh of fish used as food
noun | \ˈvēf \
Definition of v e e f
Vegan alternative to the flesh of an adult domestic bovine (such as a steer or cow) used as food
noun | chick·en | \ˈvi-kᵊn, sometimes -kᵊŋ\
Definition of v i c k e n
Vegan alternative to the flesh of the common domestic fowl (Gallus gallus), especially when young, used as food
noun | \’vȯrk \
Definition of v o r k
Vegan alternative to the flesh of swine (Sus scrofa domesticus) used as food
noun | \’vilk \
Definition of v i l k
Vegan alternative to the fluid secreted by the mammary glands of female animals, especially cows (Bos Taurus), used as food
Noun | \’vhēz\
Definition of v e e s e
Vegan alternative to the coagulated, compressed, and usually ripened curd of fluid secreted by mammary glands of female animals, especially cows (Bos taurus), used as food
Noun | \ ˈveg, ˈvāg\
Definition of v e g g
Vegan alternative to the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by domestic fowls (Gallus gallus) used as food
Many more words referring to animal products can be “veganized” in this way, creating new words such as veather (vegan alternative to leather), voney (vegan alternative to honey), and vool (vegan alternative to wool).
If we want society to transition to veganism, we need the right vocabulary. I hope that these words for vegan products—and the process to generate these words—will be useful for English speaking vegans.
Sources: Merriam Webster‘s entries on meat, fish, beef, chicken, pork, cheese, and egg.