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offal

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

Definition of offal in English:

noun

1The entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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