One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A scrap or remainder of food from a meal.
debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckageView synonyms
- ‘A waiter wheeled up a trolley of elaborately bedized scraps, orts and broken meats.’
- ‘The men's job was to operate the sweepers, brushing up the vegetable waste, the paper bags, the scraps and orts of the Market like prairie harvesters.’
Late Middle English: from Middle Low German orte ‘food remains’, originally a compound of which the second element is related to eat.
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