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also chit·lins or chit·lings  (chĭt′lĭnz)
The small intestines of pigs, especially when cooked and eaten as food.

[From Middle English chiterling, probably diminutive of Old English *cieter, intestines.]
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(ˈtʃɪtəlɪŋz) ,




pl n
(Cookery) (sometimes singular) the intestines of a pig or other animal prepared as a dish. Also called: chitlin
[C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle High German kutel]
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(ˈtʃɪt lɪnz, -lɪŋz)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
the small intestine of swine, esp. when prepared as food.
[1250–1300; Middle English cheterling; akin to German Kutteln in same sense]
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Fried hog intestines.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chitterlings - small intestines of hogs prepared as food
organs, variety meat - edible viscera of a butchered animal
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She picked the top up off the chitlin pot with her naked hand, yelled and dropped the top on the floor.
"Bay Area chitlin circuit," a reference to the Southern touring route that black musicians were confined to during the Jim Crow era.
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Those routines, however, played principally to black audiences in black theaters, particular in the Theater Owner's Booking Association, also known as the "Chitlin Circuit" (Foxx & Miller, 1977, Watkins, 1994).
North Florida's urban clubs and rural roadhouses, including clubs that have operated at this historic Bradfordville location, have played an important role in the history of the Gulf Coast 'chitlin circuit' for traveling African-American blues, jazz and R&B musicians."
I know you took my cell phone in gym class, but, whatever." The other is a series of monologues (in wildly inventive, time -traveling pun-dialect--"Just surviving this was a chitlin circuit flangebanged worth staggering the ranch"--that reminded me of the Nadsat slang created by Anthony Burgess in A Clockwork Orange) spoken by "Hannie" (or, in one case, "Hammie") "Oakley," like the lines "Here's a theory of performance for you: aim for the rafters.
The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock n Roll provides a fine history of the network of black nightclubs that created rock and roll.
Within weeks, I'd gone out of the chitlin circuit to playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
It seems as if, in its most recent incarnation, Fences was being inaugurated into the 'Chitlin circuit' which is how Henry Louis Gates and others have described a particular trope of plays produced by and for black audiences depicting contemporary black American life in moralistic, pulpit-style platitudes for the so-called 'lowest common denominator' in popular acceptance.
Beginning with his childhood in Seattle, Washington, the programme documents how he went on to join the army and spend time on the chitlin circuit backing acts including the Isley Brothers and Little Richard.