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- n. A lean cut of meat from the loin of a pig.
- n. The bones, particularly the spine, of a pig.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The spine of a hog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The small bones taken out of the flitch of a bacon pig.
The thick part of the backbone that lies between the shoulders, called griskin or chine, is separated from the tapering, bony part, called backbone by way of distinction, and used as flesh.
It's eternal loss to the soul of a Mussulman that puts a knife and fork into a griskin.
So he called at the butcher's before he started out, and in exchange for a peep at the paper got a little bit of griskin, or a chop, and at the farmhouses as he passed they gave him a few eggs, and at the inns a drop of gin.
Upround's doctrine, between two crackles of young griskin (come straight from the rectory pig-sty), he was grieved to express a stern opinion long remembered at Flamborough:
Roast leg or griskin of pork, apple sauce, brocoli, potatoes.
The hog is all nature, the ship is all art, “coarse canvass,” “blue bunting,” and “tall poles;” both are violently acted upon by the wind, tossed here and there, to and fro, and yet nothing but excess of hunger could make me look upon the pig as the more poetical of the two, and then only in the shape of a griskin.
"Look'ee hyur, boyees!" cries he, squinting over his shoulders; "I'll stake this rib against a griskin o 'poor bull that' ee'll see the puttiest gal as 'ee ever set yur eyes on."
I 'gun to think that both my own an' my mar's time wur come in airnest, for I hed no idee that the critter could iver swim to the other side, 'specially with me on her back, an' purticklarly as at that time these hyur ribs had a sight more griskin upon 'em than they hev now.
Nor much longer till it ceased to be a griskin -- having altogether disappeared from his fingers, followed by a gurgling sound, as half the contents of the canteen went washing it down his throat.
As circumstances had ofttimes compelled the ex-Ranger to eat his deer-meat underdone, the habit had become his _gout_; and it was, therefore, not long before the griskin was removed from the spit.
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