- 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
Robert W. Service
Again the magistrate spat into the cuspidor between his feet.
The squire nodded and spat into the cuspidor between his feet.
Without a word the Sheriff dropped the coins into the cuspidor.The Girl of the Golden West
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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