An example of offal are the intestines of a butchered chicken.
Origin of offal
- Middle English of- off (from Old English) (from of apo- in Indo-European roots) fal fall
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English offal (“offal, refuse, scrap waste"), possibly from Old Norse affall (“offal"), or from Middle English of- +"Ž fal(l), equivalent to off- +"Ž 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.