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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Pork ribs with most of the meat trimmed off.

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  • n. Plural form of sparerib.

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  • n. baked or roasted with a spicy sauce
  • n. cut of pork from the rib section with most of the meat trimmed off

Etymologies

Alteration of obsolete ribspare, from Low German ribbesper, pickled pork ribs roasted on a spit, from Middle Low German ribbespēr : ribbe, rib + spēr, spear, spit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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