of·fal / ˈôfəl; ˈäfəl/ • n. the entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food. ∎ refuse or waste material. ∎ decomposing animal flesh.
offal Corruption of ‘off‐fall’. (1) With reference to meat, the term includes all parts that are cut away when the carcass is dressed, including liver, kidneys, brain, spleen, pancreas, thymus, tripe, and tongue. Known in the USA as organ meats or variety meat. (2) With reference to wheat, offal is the bran discarded when milled to white flour (see wheatfeed).
offal (techn., dial.) shavings, chips, scraps XIV; entrails XV; refuse, garbage XVI. — (M)Du. afval, f. af OFF + vallen FALL, with assim. to the corr. Eng. elements.
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