Flesh is a term for some soft tissues of an organism. Various multicellular organisms have soft tissues that may be called "flesh". In mammals, including humans, flesh covers muscle tissues and fat, but not for example brain tissue. In a culinary context animal (and occasionally plant) flesh is called meat.
In particular animal groups such as vertebrates, molluscs, and arthropods, the flesh is distinguished from non-fleshy body structures such as bone, shell, and exoskeleton, respectively. In plants, the flesh is the soft tissue that comprises structures such as edible fruits, as opposed to tough structures like non-fleshy fruits and wood. In fungi, flesh refers to trama, the soft, inner portion of a mushroom, or fruit body.
A more restrictive usage may be found in some contexts, such as the visual arts, where flesh may refer only to visible human skin, as opposed to parts of the body covered by clothing and hair. Flesh as a descriptor for colour usually refers to the pinkish or paler skin colour of Caucasian humans, however, it can also be used to refer to the colour of any human skin.
In Christian religious circles, the flesh is a metaphor associated with carnality.
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