- the small intestine of swine, especially when prepared as food.
Origin of chitterlings
Examples from the Web for chitterlings
When you take the chitterlings on your plate season them with pepper and vinegar.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Hanging from the poles which upheld the awnings were sausages, chitterlings, and hams.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It was that of the compartment reserved for the chitterlings, sausages, and black-puddings.The Fat and the Thin
That is the Chitterlings' lot; they shall have their bellyful of it.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
The liver, roe, and chitterlings should be placed so that the carver may observe them, and invite the guests to partake of them.The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual
chitlins (ˈtʃɪtlɪnz) or chitlings (ˈtʃɪtlɪŋz)
- (sometimes singular) the intestines of a pig or other animal prepared as a dish
Word Origin and History for chitterlings
late 13c., cheterlingis "entrails, souse" (early 13c. in surnames), origins obscure, but probably from an unrecorded Old English word having something to do with entrails (related to Old English cwið "womb;" cf. German Kutteln "guts, bowels, tripe, chitterlings," Gothic qiþus "womb"). Variants chitlins (1842) and chitlings (1880) both also had a sense of "shreds, tatters."
"While I was in this way rollin' in clover, by picturin' what was to be, they wur tarin' my character all to chitlins up at home." [John S. Robb, "Streaks of Squatter Life," Philadelphia, 1843]