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From the Robert E. Howard Lexicon

"Be at ease while thou mayest, oh lame dog, for soon I will take thy kingdom for an offal-heap and thy favorite wives for my concubines."

—Lord of Samarcand


(ô′fəl, ŏf′əl)


1. Waste material or byproducts from a manufacturing process.

2. Meat, including internal organs (such as liver, heart, or kidney) and extremities (such as tail or hooves), that has been taken from a part other than skeletal muscles. Also called variety meat.

3. Refuse; rubbish.

[Middle English : of-, off (from Old English, from of; see apo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + fal, fall.]




1. (Cookery) the edible internal parts of an animal, such as the heart, liver, and tongue

2. dead or decomposing organic matter

3. refuse; rubbish

[C14: from off + fall, referring to parts fallen or cut off; compare German Abfall rubbish]

[1350–1400; Middle English, =of off + fal fall; compare Dutch afval]

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