(also spare ribs)
Closely trimmed ribs of pork or sometimes beef.
- Savor the steamed shrimp dumplings or pork spareribs.
- New Yorkers discovered ‘real’ Chinese regional cuisine, but the spareribs have endured.
- Tonight we had a great dinner, it was spareribs, mashed potatoes and shortbread for dessert.
Late 16th century: probably from Middle Low German ribbesper (by transposition of the syllables), and associated with the adjective spare.
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