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Examples of offal in a Sentence
a pile of offal from the tannery operating in the neighborhood
Recent Examples of offal from the Web
The winter menu has a crudo section and dishes like crispy sunchokes with puntarelle, chestnut tagliatelle with duck ragù and duck offal, and Icelandic sea trout with pickled fennel and horseradish.
Back in 2015, Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio spent a good few months together freezing and eating various bits of wild offal in the pursuit of art.
Fortunately, the addition of the rice noodles, sesame leaf and baby greens dominated, and the offal components served as umami to deepen the effect.
But what’s a little blood sausage and offal in a town that eats menudo for breakfast?
Dishes like green papaya salad in lime juice will wake up your taste buds; larb, the meat salad, can be ordered with duck offal here in addition to the usual pork, beef or chicken.
Diners in U.S. cities were beginning to nibble around the edge of offal.
Owner and maitre d' Otto Tepasse estimates he's prepared the dish around 25,000 times, crushing the duck carcass inside a silver press to extract blood, marrow and liquified offal.
Historically a delicacy, organ meats (also known as offal) were stigmatized as Americans became able to afford more expensive cuts of meat.
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Did You Know?
In its original sense, offal refers to something that has fallen or been cast away from some process of preparation or manufacture, and it has been used to describe such things as the stalks and dust from tobacco leaves, the less valuable portions of an animal hide, the by-products of milling grain, and the viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal. The word offal, however, is not an etymological cast-off, but is an English original that arose in the late 14th century as a combination of of (the Middle English spelling of "off") and fall, aptly naming that which "falls off" or is cast aside from something else. Since the late 16th century, offal has also been used as a synonym for trash, garbage, and rubbish.
Origin and Etymology of offal
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
OFFAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of offal for English Language Learners
: the organs (such as the liver or kidney) of an animal that are used for food
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