• WordNet 3.6
    • n offal viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal often considered inedible by humans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • offal A dead body; carrion.
    • offal That which is thrown away as worthless or unfit for use; refuse; rubbish. "The offals of other professions."
    • offal The rejected or waste parts of any process, especially the inedible parts of a butchered animal, such as the viscera.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n offal That which falls off, as a chip or chips in dressing wood or stone; that which is suffered to fall off as of little value or use.
    • n offal Especially Waste meat; the parts of a butchered animal which are rejected as unfit for use.
    • n offal Refuse of any kind; rubbish.
    • n offal In the fisheries: Small fish of various kinds taken in seines among larger or more valuable kinds, and thrown away or used for manure, etc.
    • n offal Low-priced and inferior fish: distinguished from prime. Fish caught with the trawl average one fourth prime and three fourths offal.
    • offal Waste; refuse: as, offal wood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Offal of′al waste meat: the part of an animal which is unfit for use: refuse: anything worthless.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Off, + fall,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Off and fall.


In literature:

Besides, it is very unusual for a wolf to remain till daylight, even when there is offal to tempt him.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
Spray or paint all branches with manure water, using hog or human offal.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Wherever I turned the place was saturated with the blood of fish and offal.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
No effort was made to utilize the blood or offal and this putrefying mass advertised itself for miles.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Like a wise trapper, he put aside the offal to serve as bait for the traps.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
If the weather is hard and fish offal scarce on the beach, the gulls will pay us a supercilious visit.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
I recollect their keeping tame gulls, which they fed with fish offal.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
They dropped and died on the dust-heaps they had been rummaging for offal.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
So careful were they of the flesh of the deer, that even the bones were safely stowed away, and Fritz had to make his supper upon the offal.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The politician ought to be buried in the offal of the war.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
In this district, coal-mines again appear, with their riverside tipples, and their offal defiling the banks.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
And Beasley snatched at it hungrily, like a worm-ridden dog will snatch at the filthiest offal.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Offal and carrion were strewn all about the place; it swarmed with flies.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
It has, no doubt, been coming regularly to feed on the offal of the bears.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Only four men were left to man the ship home, and they were reduced to a diet of sea moss and offal before reaching Ireland.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
There was living near us a man who made a business of gathering up the offal of several hundred kitchens in the city, as food for pigs.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
Again offal of several kinds can be turned in no way to better advantage than through cattle raising.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
What does not go with the neat meat will be in the offal or sausage, and nothing will be lost.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Occasionally they hurled offal at the stragglers joining the rear of the long line.
"Think Yourself to Death" by C.H. Thames
Half rye and half wheat, taking out a little more of the offal, make very good bread.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett

In poetry:

Though as much offals from my table went,
As wou'd have fed great numbers of the poor,
Yet to the dogs the whole was daily sent,
Whilst Lazarus lay starving at my door.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
"'Twas but a breath ago the mammoth browsed
Upon my slopes, and in my caves I housed
Your shaggy fathers in their nakedness,
While on their foemen's offal they caroused."
"The Passing Show" by Ambrose Bierce
That morn, of all the cates that deck'd his board,
The offals he to Lazarus deny'd —
That night, although for it he loudly roar'd,
He cou'd not, e'en with water, be supply'd.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
Aye, that's the thing; an' when the pig do die,
We got a lot ov offal for to fry,
An' netlèns for to bwoil; or put the blood in,
An' meäke a meal or two o' good black-pudden.
"Eclogue:--The ‘Lotments" by William Barnes
The high walls of my life are not faces
That just anyone can pet
Do you believe I could live in a cage
Where out of pity people would throw me a few grains
Some offal of a sky whose biggest portion
Could not satiate my human hunger
"The High Walls Of My Life" by Rene Guy Cadou
I'm crawlin' out in the mangolds to bury wot's left o' Joe —
Joe, my pal, and a good un (God! 'ow it rains and rains).
I'm sick o' seein' him lyin' like a 'eap o' offal, and so
I'm crawlin' out in the beet-field to bury 'is last remains.
"The Booby-Trap" by Robert W Service

In news:

Haggis may be offal, but it's not awful.
"Plant offal" includes carrot tops and spinach bottoms.
"You know, it's because I'm a libertarian ," he said, sounding like a vegetarian politely declining offal.
Offal gets gourmet treatment at trendy eateries.
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"Plant offal " includes carrot tops and spinach bottoms.
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Cars crash in 30cm deep offal spill.
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'Top Chef Masters' Recap: The Offal Truth.
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Venison with venison offal dumpling.
Historically, the name we give this offal is propaganda.