Definition of offal in English:

offal

Syllabification: of·fal
Pronunciation: /ˈôfəl, ˈäfəl
 
 
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noun

  • 1The entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food.
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    • Certain limited measures were introduced which undermined this claim, including a ban on the use of specified bovine offals in the human food chain.
    • It is made with many offal tidbits, it is necessary to cook the offals separately before they are combined and cooked together.
    • An advisory was given to manufacturers of baby foods not to include ruminant offals in their products.
  • 1.1Refuse or waste material.
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    • The early targets had been water supplies contaminated by human waste, slaughterhouse offal, and garbage.
    • While disappointed that someone would dump offal, he said he had been encouraged by the council's response to his call.
    • There's still that familiar stench, a mixture of open sewers, rotting rubbish and offal from street butchers' stalls mixed with dust and petrol fumes.
  • 1.2Decomposing animal flesh.
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    • The dragonfly is a sleek, graceful insect that doesn't deserve to have its reputation sullied by being associated with this pile of offal.
    • At the river's edge, they were greeted by a pile of stinking, fly-covered offal.
    • Large aggregations of birds can be found behind fishing boats, feeding on offal.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'refuse from a process'): probably suggested by Middle Dutch afval, from af 'off' + vallen 'to fall'.

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