from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Animal entrails, especially of a deer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The entrails and coarser parts of a deer; hence, sometimes, entrails, in general.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The entrails of a deer: same as numbles.
The word was often written in English umbles and humbles.
Medieval nobles helped themselves to the finer cuts of the stag, leaving the "umbles" - the heart, liver, and entrails-to the servants.
Pepys's age, I venture to submit that the _humble pie_ of that period was indeed the pie named in the list quoted; and not only so, but that it was made out of the "umbles" or entrails of the deer, a dish of the second table, inferior of course to the venison pasty which smoked upon the dais, and therefore not inexpressive of that humiliation which the term "eating humble pie" now painfully describes.
The "umbles" of the deer are constantly the perquisites of the gamekeeper.
[The umbles are the liver, kidneys, and other portions of the inside of the deer.
The special Christmas food was mostly sweet: gingerbread dolls; frumenty, made with wheat and eggs and honey; perry, the sweet pear wine that made her giggly; and Christmas umbles, tripes boiled for hours, then baked in a sweet pie.
When he dined out, he says that his host gave him "the meanest dinner of beef, shoulder and umbles of venison, and a few pigeons, and all in the meanest manner that ever I did see, to the basest degree."
The umbles, with skin, head, chine, and shoulders of the deer, were the keepers 'share in the brittling.
There were long seats of stone within the chimney, where, in despite of the tremendous heat, monarchs were sometimes said to have taken their station, and amused themselves with broiling the umbles, or dowsels, of the deer, upon the glowing embers, with their own royal hands, when happy the courtier who was invited to taste the royal cookery.
The killing of a deer might induce a generous nobleman to give the offal or "umbles" to his dependants, who would encase them in pastry to make an "umble" or "humble pie".
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