- a cut of meat from the rib section, especially of pork or beef, with some meat adhering to the bones.
- a dish of this meat, usually baked, roasted, or barbecued with a pungent sauce.
Origin of spareribs
1590–1600; transposed variant of earlier ribspare < Middle Low German ribbespēr rib cut; compare obsolete spare a cut, slice
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Word Origin and History for spare ribs
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