|Kanji in this term|
Ultimately a compound of 肋 (abara, “rib bone”, short for 肋骨 (abarabone)) + 肉 (niku, “meat”). It is unclear when the initial a- in abara first disappeared, before or after the formation of this compound. The shortened form bara is now used as an abbreviation for this term baraniku, referring specifically to the meat, rather than abara, referring specifically to the bone.
- 三枚肉 (sanmainiku): literally “three-layer meat”, from the way that meat and fat are interleaved
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