- a large bowl, often of metal, serving as a receptacle for spit, especially from chewing tobacco: in wide use during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Origin of cuspidor
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Or else they'll pour half of it into the cuspidor when you're not looking.The Trail of '98</p>
Robert W. Service
The squire nodded and spat into the cuspidor between his feet.
Again the magistrate spat into the cuspidor between his feet.
Without a word the Sheriff dropped the coins into the cuspidor.The Girl of the Golden West</p>
Now it was a cuspidor, now a fire-shovel for the little stove, now a China shaving mug.McTeague
- another word (esp US) for spittoon
C18: from Portuguese, from cuspir to spit, from Latin conspuere, from spuere to spit
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Word Origin and History for cuspidor
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