[aw-fuhl, of-uhl]
the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings; carrion.
the parts of a butchered animal removed in dressing; viscera.
refuse; rubbish; garbage.

1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to of off + fal fall; compare Dutch afval

awful, awesome, offal (see usage note at awful). Unabridged
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offal (ˈɒfəl)
1.  the edible internal parts of an animal, such as the heart, liver, and tongue
2.  dead or decomposing organic matter
3.  refuse; rubbish
[C14: from off + fall, referring to parts fallen or cut off; compare German Abfall rubbish]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "waste parts, refuse," from off + fall; the notion being that which "falls off" the butcher's block; perhaps a translation of M.Du. afval.
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any of various nonmuscular parts of the carcasses of beef and veal, mutton and lamb, and pork, which are either consumed directly as food or used in the production of other foods. Variety meats have been a part of the human diet since the invention of cooking, which rendered the otherwise indigestible animal parts edible. In nutritional terms, several variety meats are richer in certain vitamins, minerals, and forms of protein than muscle tissue; calf's liver, for example, is a major dietary source of iron, and sweetbread (thymus) is considerably higher in the water-soluble protein albumin than is beef.

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