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  1. fat salt pork taken from the belly of a hog.
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Origin of sowbelly

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; sow2 + belly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sow-belly

Historical Examples

  • We had our usual dinner of sow-belly a la mode, and hard-tack a la mouldy.

    Our Battery

    Orlando P. Cutter

  • In the place of porterhouse steaks there would be sow-belly and corn bread, and a very dry section to live in.

    The Yazoo Mystery

    Irving Craddock

  • The man was throwing strips of “sow-belly” into the pan, and the coffee water was already set upon the flaming wood.

    The One-Way Trail

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The salt meat, as a rule, was pickled pork and fat side meat, which latter "table comfort" the boys called "sow-belly."

  • Then a slice of sow-belly was toasted on a stick, the outer skin of the onions removed—and dinner was ready.