ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


engastration, n.  The stuffing of one animal inside another, before presenting it for dinner.

The obvious modern (American) example is turducken (turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken); I gather that the English equivalent replaces the turkey with a goose.

Etymology:  from Greek gaster, abdomen.  Although the culinary concept has been around for thousands of years, this term seems to have originated in the early 1800s.  I see some more relaxed uses of the word in the late twentieth century (a "philosophic engastration", engastrating a text into one's own, etc.).

Some more examples of engastration gleaned from Google:

A 13th century Andalusian cookbook includes a recipe for "the complete" or "the inclusive", a ram stuffed with assorted cooked birds filled with a breadcrumb stuffing; the stuffed ram is rubbed with spices and oil and cooked in a clay oven.

Trojan boar, a boar stuffed with birds, was apparently a popular food at Roman feasts.

The Invasive Species Cookbook:  Conservation Through Gastronomy has a recipe for wild boar stuffed with Chinese mitten crab.

Tags: e, greek, noun, theme: food, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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