[Sorry for bad English]

In a list I have:

Item       Unit     Amount
Choptick   Pair     1
Fan        Pieces   1
Lobster    ???      1
Tuna       ???      1
Chicken    ???      1
Pig        ???      1

(choptick and fan are for example)

In the ??? place, I need words which mean a single and whole (alive) lobster/tuna/chicken/pig. Which words should I use?

I use this list in a restaurant, where the guest see and choose a fish/chicken, then choose how to cook. Then they will pay as how much that fish/chicken weight.


As the comment bellow, I make my question more clear: All that fish/animal are alive when the guest order (include the pig, we have a pig breeds which the biggest, full growth one is less than 10 kg, use for party, and we have a farm near restaurant for guest see and pick a pig). And all the ??? place not neccessery use the same word. I need the best word possible for each position. Thank!

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    I would just write "whole", the meaning is quite clear then. Can I come to your restaurant and eat a whole pig? Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 11:29
  • I would say "Whole".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 11:29
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    "Each" is commonly used in this scenario.
    – Ste
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 11:31
  • Actually @ste I think "each" is better than "whole", as "whole" implies that it hasn't been cooked/prepared - eg that you're going to get a chicken with it's head, claws, feathers, guts etc still attached, whereas you're going (I assume) to get a prepared and cooked chicken. Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 11:34
  • I'll point out that the above-described restaurant would not last very long in the US before it was being picketed 24/7 by PETA, ASPCA, and others. So responses from US residents are probably not relevant.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 13:07

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Consider "each" [Oxford Dictionary]

Used to refer to every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately

I have seen many a menu use "each" to denote quantity in the manner you describe.

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    The problem is that "each" is rather ambiguous.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 11:48
  • I do agree with that, but I have often seen in supermarkets etc.: pasta, 1kg; water, 2l; apples, ea.
    – Ste
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 11:50
  • @Ste I edited my questtion to add some info. And do the guest misundertood each as each disk/kg/... or they have to ask me "each what"? (I don't know because I'm not native English speaker)
    – NoName
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 12:13
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    @Sakura If you see "Pig: $20 each", you know that it is $20 per pig. You wouldn't be asked "each what?" as it is clear that it is $20 for each pig. You may receive questions about which part of the pig you mean but that is beyond the scope of the question.
    – Ste
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 12:18
  • @Ste I got it! thank alot for your answer and comments
    – NoName
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 4:08

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