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Deutsch: Essbesteck, kurz Besteck, heißen Werkzeuge, die zur Nahrungsaufnahme verwendet werden. Das heute im europäischen Kulturkreis gebräuchliche Essbesteck besteht aus Messer, Gabel und Löffel.
English: Cutlery refers to any hand utensil used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food. It is more usually known as silverware or flatware in the United States, where cutlery can have the more specific meaning of knives and other cutting instruments. This is probably the original meaning of the word. Since silverware suggests the presence of silver, the term tableware has come into use.