AskDefine | Define tripe

Dictionary Definition



1 lining of the stomach of a ruminant (especially a bovine) used as food
2 nonsensical talk or writing [syn: folderol, rubbish, trumpery, trash, wish-wash, applesauce, codswallop]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The lining of the large stomach of ruminating animals, when prepared for food.
  2. The entrails; hence, humorously or in contempt, the belly; -- generally used in the plural.
  3. Something disparaged as valueless, especially written works and popular entertainments (movies, television).


Extensive Definition

Tripe is a type of edible offal from the stomachs of various domestic animals.


Beef tripe is usually made from only the first three of a cow's stomach, the rumen (blanket/flat/smooth tripe), the reticulum (honeycomb and pocket tripe), and the omasum (book/bible/leaf tripe). Abomasum (reed) tripe is seen much less frequently, owing to its glandular tissue content. Tripe is also produced from sheep, goats, and pigs. Unwashed (or "green") tripe includes some of the stomach's last content, smells very unappetizing and is unsuitable for people, but is a favorite of many dogs and other carnivores and is often used in dog food. It is called green, although its colour is often brown or grey, because of its high chlorophyll content from undigested grass. For human consumption, tripe must be washed and meticulously cleaned.


Tripe is eaten in many parts of the world. Tripe dishes include:


tripe in German: Kutteln
tripe in Spanish: Callos
tripe in French: Triperie
tripe in Indonesian: Babat (makanan)
tripe in Italian: Trippa
tripe in Polish: Flaki
tripe in Portuguese: Tripas
tripe in Chinese: 牛百頁

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