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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.
said Aunt Pettitoes, looking at her family with pride.
Aunt Pettitoes and I dragged him out by the hind legs.
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.
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.