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The Pope's Nose

Posted by Sauerkraut on October 26, 2000

In Reply to: The Pope's Nose posted by Bob on October 17, 2000

: : Does anyone know the origin of the term, "The Pope's Nose" or "The Parson's Nose" as it refers to a turkey's tail?

: Don't know the origin, but a point of interest: in northern Africa, it's the "sultan's nose."

One meaning I have heard attached to the term is the fleshy tail of a fowl, particularly a turkey. It was used as a derogatory term by Protestants.

Interestingly, though, Italians, who are mostly Catholic, value the fatty appendage in soup making.