One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pig's foot, especially as an article of food; a pig's trotter. Formerly also: †(in plural) the edible entrails of an animal, e.g. a calf, sheep, pig, goose, etc.; offal, giblets (obsolete).
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bradford (c1510–1555), evangelical preacher and martyr. From Middle French petitoye goose giblets, offal of other animals from petit small + oie goose; later reinterpreted as from petty + toe.
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