a scrap or remainder of food from a meal.
I first heard the word as applied to needlework. Orts . . . . the scraps or remainders of fibers when stitching . . . what do you do with them? Many years ago, a fellow stitcher gave me an ort container made from an old margarine tub. But at my stitching spot I like to keep my orts in a pretty piece of pottery from Blue Ridge Pottery. In the spring, I spread the orts in the bushes around the house so that birds can use them in their nests.
What do you do with your orts?