trot·​ter | \ ˈträ-tər How to pronounce trotter (audio) \

Definition of trotter

1 : one that trots specifically : a standardbred horse trained for harness racing
2 : a pig's foot used as food

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Traditionally made with leftovers or lesser cuts of meats such as pigs’ trotters, the dish today has many variations. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Packed with flavor and prettily potted, the traditional Alsatian stew baeckeoffe is rich wintertime comfort," 11 Dec. 2018 The bones in trotters and shanks provide gelatin, which thickens the stew. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Packed with flavor and prettily potted, the traditional Alsatian stew baeckeoffe is rich wintertime comfort," 11 Dec. 2018 Getting local audiences to buy into the triennial may be more important than luring the globe-trotters, some suggest. New York Times, "New Triennial Offers Artists the Canvas of Cleveland," 11 July 2018 Drain water, return trotters to the pot, and cover with 2 inches of fresh water. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Khash, Armenia’s Love-It-or-Hate-It Hangover Cure (Recipe)," 27 Feb. 2018 Although the identity of these early globe trotters is unknown, the new dates raise the possibility that H. erectus wasn’t the first hominin to leave Africa. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Our ancestors may have left Africa hundreds of thousands of years earlier than thought," 11 July 2018 It has been known for a long time that, whether his habitat is a village, a city or, for real globe-trotters, the planet itself, an individual person generally visits the same places regularly. The Economist, "At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts," 28 June 2018 Though he was never charged with a criminal offense by the U.S. and denies all wrongdoing, the former globe-trotter preferred to stay home for fear of attracting attention from American law enforcement. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The World Cup’s Surprise Guest: Sepp Blatter," 19 June 2018 Try some crab stick; or Spam with kimchi gimbap; or pig’s trotters, which on the packaging gets a grinning thumbs-up from a guy in a red bow tie. David Segal, New York Times, "Why the Pyeongchang Games Are Different From All the Others," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of trotter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trotter

: a horse that has been trained to trot in races
: a pig's foot cooked and used as food

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