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From Middle English offal (offal, refuse, scrap waste), possibly from Old Norse affall (offal), or from Middle English of- +‎ fal(l), equivalent to off- +‎ fall. Cognate with Danish affald (waste, refuse), Swedish avfall (waste, refuse), Dutch afval (waste, refuse), German Abfall (waste, refuse), Old English offeallan (to cut off). More at off, fall.


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offal (countable and uncountable, plural offals)

  1. The rejected or waste parts of a butchered animal.
  2. The internal organs of an animal other than a bird, these organs being used as food.
  3. A dead body.
  4. Carrion.
  5. That which is thrown away as worthless or unfit for use; refuse; rubbish.


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