chitterlings

[chit-linz, -lingz]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
the small intestine of swine, especially when prepared as food.
Also, chitlings, chitlins.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English cheterling; akin to German Kutteln in same sense

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chitterlings, chitlins or chitlings (ˈtʃɪtəlɪŋz, ˈtʃɪtlɪnz, ˈtʃɪtlɪŋz)
 
pl n
(sometimes singular) the intestines of a pig or other animal prepared as a dish
 
[C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle High German kutel]
 
chitlins, chitlins or chitlings
 
pl n
 
[C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle High German kutel]
 
chitlings, chitlins or chitlings
 
pl n
 
[C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle High German kutel]

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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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