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offal

[aw-fuh l, of-uh l] /ˈɔ fəl, ˈɒf əl/
noun
1.
the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings; carrion.
2.
the parts of a butchered animal removed in dressing; viscera.
3.
refuse; rubbish; garbage.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, equivalent to of off + fal fall; compare Dutch afval
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal (see usage note at awful)
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  • Ain't gonna happen, no matter how much adjuncts starve themselves and wallow in offal.
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  • Segments of pigeon were served with smoked potatoes and strewed atop an action painting of offal gravy.
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  • The presence of free food in the form of offal and bait attracts many birds to fishing operations.
  • Decedent was dumping a load of offal from a tractor trailer.
  • He was in the process of dumping offal into a bin when the tailgate malfunctioned.
British Dictionary definitions for offal

offal

/ˈɒfəl/
noun
1.
the edible internal parts of an animal, such as the heart, liver, and tongue
2.
dead or decomposing organic matter
3.
refuse; rubbish
Word Origin
C14: from off + fall, referring to parts fallen or cut off; compare German Abfall rubbish
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Word Origin and History for offal
n.

late 14c., "waste parts, refuse," from off + fall (v.); the notion being that which "falls off" the butcher's block; perhaps a translation of Middle Dutch afval.

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Encyclopedia Article for offal

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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