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[chit-linz, -lingz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz, -lɪŋz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
the small intestine of swine, especially when prepared as food.
Also, chitlings, chitlins.
1250-1300; Middle English cheterling; akin to German Kutteln in same sense Unabridged
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Examples for chitterlings
  • Someone other than the food handler should care for children while chitterlings are being prepared.
British Dictionary definitions for chitterlings


plural noun
(sometimes sing) the intestines of a pig or other animal prepared as a dish
Word Origin
C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle High German kutel
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Word Origin and History for chitterlings
1221, cheterlingis "entrails, souse," origins obscure, but probably from O.E. and having something to do with entrails (related to O.E. cwið "womb;" cf. Ger. Kutteln "guts, bowels, tripe, chitterlings"). Variants chitlins (1845) and chitlings (1880) both also had a sense of "shreds, tatters."
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