One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boiled pig's trotter as food.
- ‘The front feet are the true crubeens, which have succulent bits of meat concealed around the bones.’
- ‘And a big crubeen for threepence to be picking while you're able.’
- ‘The last time the whole parish of Narraghmore was involved in such an undertaking was 1925 when you could buy a dozen crubeens for a shilling and nine old pennies or a bottle of Guinness for seven pennies!’
- ‘Yet Ann kept up the old tradition of churning butter, serving up boxty, potato cakes, crubeens and many other Irish treats.’
- ‘True, we didn't have the crubeens, but we had salo - pure pork lard to be consumed with bread and/or potatoes.’
Mid 19th century: from Irish crúibín, diminutive of crúb ‘claw, hoof’.
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