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1. The feet of a pig used as food.
2. Informal Human feet or toes, especially those of a child.

[Possibly from earlier pettytoe, offal (influenced by petty toe), possibly from Old French petite oye, giblets of a goose : petite, small + oye, goose (from Late Latin auca; see ocarina).]


pl n
(Cookery) pig's trotters, esp when used as food
[C16: from Old French petite oie, literally: little goose (giblets of a goose)]
References in classic literature ?
ONCE upon a time there was an old pig called Aunt Pettitoes. She had eight of a family: four little girl pigs, called Cross-patch, Suck-suck, Yock-yock and Spot;
they eat and indeed they DO eat!" said Aunt Pettitoes, looking at her family with pride.
Aunt Pettitoes and I dragged him out by the hind legs.
"Yus, yus!" sighed Aunt Pettitoes. "And they drink bucketfuls of milk; I shall have to get another cow!
Bardell's most particular acquaintance, who had just stepped in, to have a quiet cup of tea, and a little warm supper of a couple of sets of pettitoes and some toasted cheese.
Sanders, who, from certain wistful glances at the little tin saucepan, seemed to be engaged in a mental calculation of the probable extent of the pettitoes, in the event of Sam's being asked to stop to supper.
Sanders, Sam was allowed to depart without any reference, on the part of the hostess, to the pettitoes and toasted cheese; to which the ladies, with such juvenile assistance as Master Bardell could afford, soon afterwards rendered the amplest justice--indeed they wholly vanished before their strenuous exertions.
Crackenthorp, too, while he admonished Silas that his money had probably been taken from him because he thought too much of it and never came to church, enforced the doctrine by a present of pigs' pettitoes, well calculated to dissipate unfounded prejudices against the clerical character.
We can send black puddings and pettitoes without giving them a flavour of our own egoism; but language is a stream that is almost sure to smack of a mingled soil.