OFFAL, refuse or waste stuff, the " off fall," that which falls off (cf. Dutch ajval, Ger. Ahfall). The term is applied especially to the waste parts of an animal that has been slaughtered for food, to putrid flesh or carrion, and to waste fish, especially to the little ones that get caught in the nets with the larger and better fish, and are thrown away or used as manure. As applied to grain " offal " is used of grains too small or light for use for flour, and also in flour milling of the husk or bran of wheat with a certain amount of flour attaching, sold for feeding beasts (see Flour).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)