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pettitoes

[pet-ee-tohz] /ˈpɛt iˌtoʊz/
plural noun
1.
the feet of a pig, especially used as food.
2.
the human toes or feet, especially those of a child.
Origin of pettitoes
1545-1555
1545-55; plural of obsolete pettytoe offal < Middle French petite oye giblets of a goose, equivalent to petite petite + oye goose < Late Latin avica; see ocarina
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  • It was unoccupied, save by pettitoes, the cat, who had curled himself up luxuriously in Mrs. Sanford's work-basket.

  • When you cut off the pettitoes, leave the skin long round the ends of the legs.

  • She would wash a counterpane if pettitoes, the most dainty of cats, happened but to set one of his snowy paws upon it.

  • We can not wonder that the whole connection of pettitoes, when advanced to the matron state, is entirely neglected.

  • We cannot wonder that the whole connection of pettitoes, when advanced to the matron state, is entirely neglected.

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
  • At mother Louis', whilst they sucked the little bones of the pettitoes, they again fell to abusing the employers.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for pettitoes

pettitoes

/ˈpɛtɪˌtəʊz/
plural noun
1.
pig's trotters, esp when used as food
Word Origin
C16: from Old French petite oie, literally: little goose (giblets of a goose)
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