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An animal's melt is its spleen. As a culinary item it is usually reserved for pets in Britain, but pig's melt is often used in sausages, and ox melt can be stuffed. An alternative form of the word used to be milt (the Oxford English Dictionary, in a section published in 1906, makes this the main form, and calls melt ‘dialectal’), and it is related to, or perhaps even identical with, milt meaning the ‘roe of a male fish’.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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