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chitterlings

[chit-linz, -lingz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz, -lɪŋz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
the small intestine of swine, especially when prepared as food.
Also, chitlings, chitlins.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English cheterling; akin to German Kutteln in same sense
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  • Someone other than the food handler should care for children while chitterlings are being prepared.
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chitterlings

/ˈtʃɪtəlɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
(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
n.

late 13c., cheterlingis "entrails, souse" (early 13c. in surnames), origins obscure, but probably from an unrecorded Old English word having something to do with entrails (related to Old English cwið "womb;" cf. German Kutteln "guts, bowels, tripe, chitterlings," Gothic qiþus "womb"). Variants chitlins (1842) and chitlings (1880) both also had a sense of "shreds, tatters."

"While I was in this way rollin' in clover, by picturin' what was to be, they wur tarin' my character all to chitlins up at home." [John S. Robb, "Streaks of Squatter Life," Philadelphia, 1843]

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