American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dressed and split chicken for roasting or broiling on a spit.
- v. To prepare (a dressed chicken) for grilling by splitting open.
- v. To introduce or interpose, especially in a labored or unsuitable manner: "Some excerpts from a Renaissance mass are spatchcocked into Gluck's pallid Don Juan music” ( Alan Rich).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fowl killed and immediately broiled, as for some sudden occasion.
- To kill and serve (a fowl) hastily, as a spatch-cock.
- To prepare (something) in haste for an emergency; in the extract, to insert hastily into a document.
- Milit., to punish by stretching upon the ground with arms and legs extended and fastened down.
- n. Chicken meat when prepared by spatchcocking. (See below.)
- n. A rushed effort.
- v. To cut poultry along the spine and spread the halves apart, for more even cooking when grilled.
- v. To interpolate, insert or sandwich (in or into)
- v. To prepare in haste.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See spitchcock.
- v. prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock
- n. flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled (usually immediately after being killed)
- v. interpolate or insert (words) into a sentence or story
- Related to spitchcock ("to split and broil an eel"), of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration of spitchcock, a way of cooking an eel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I've used chicken Maryland portions but you could easier use this for a whole chicken - it would be best if you "spatchcock" the chicken first, that just means you cut it straight down the backbone and flatten it out.”
“We would have had to spatchcock together whatever coalition we could, but it was profoundly difficult," he said.”
“Try lemon-brandy spatchcock chicken and grilled pineapple and these assorted braai recipes as well as other traditional foods.”
“Maybe he was eating spatchcock social worker in a blood-and-port jus.”
“I make my own when ever I spatchcock a chicken or turkey but I do need to supplement the homemade stuff.”
“Rather than roasting them on a spit, the Spanish pigs are splayed, spatchcock style, and baked in clay dishes.”
“Then we saw Alton Brown spatchcock a chicken on Good Eats & Matt decided to try that.”
“How to spatchcock a chicken which includes instructions on removing the backbone and keel bone.”
“There are good instructions on how to spatchcock a bird here:”
“Now if quail isn't your cup of tea, you can easily adapt the recipe for chicken or spatchcock, you'll just have to increase the brining time.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘spatchcock’.
Inspired by fbharjo (see spitchcock).
"Luciferous Logolepsy is a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, deriv...
Inspired by the an old New York Times article and the Dictionary of Dying Danish Words list here on Wordie.
The Story of my first few days on Wordie.
I'm quite sure there already must be a list for this somewhere. But I want.
Words that I like.
Many may be lexicographically impotent due to a lack of citations and definition. Hopefully I'll be able to rectify this eventually.
how many words can I make mine this summer?
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