[aw-fuh l, of-uh l]
- 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.
Origin of offal
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Examples from the Web for offal
This is the home base of the "King of Offal," Chris Cosentino.
Incanto is the home base of the “King of Offal,” who is known for cooking any part of any animal.
Offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
Wherever I turned the place was saturated with the blood of fish and offal.The Land of the Long Night
Paul du Chaillu
I have seen Mary contending with the pigs for the offal thrown into the street.The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
I have seen poor Mary contending for the offal, with the pigs in the street.My Bondage and My Freedom
They dropped and died on the dust-heaps they had been rummaging for offal.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- the edible internal parts of an animal, such as the heart, liver, and tongue
- dead or decomposing organic matter
- refuse; rubbish
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
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