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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Definitions for ort

  1. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal. Usually, orts.

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Citations for ort
... the poor thought that the rich were entirely in the right of it to lead a jolly life; besides, their feasting caused a multiplication of orts, which were the heirlooms of the poor. George Eliot, Silas Marner, 1861
Gulls still followed the brig on the chance that some orts would be thrown overboard by the cook, but the noon meal had been no more than what the Highlanders called a strupak and the Americans called a lick and a smell. Elisabeth Ogilvie, The World of Jennie G., 1986
Origin of ort
late Middle English
Ort entered English in the 1400s. Low German ort and early Dutch oorete are cognates.