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or spondulix

[spon-doo-liks] /spɒnˈdu lɪks/
noun, Older Slang.
money; cash.
Origin of spondulicks
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It ain't you that's taking my spondulix in, you big, overgrown Swede!

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • "I believe it was just a matter of spondulix," said the practical Dee.

  • Zero is the bottom of the spondulix scale fer me, although the thummometer seems to prove it ain't necessarily thus.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • Meanwhile, waiting for the spondulix to pour in, has wife and family to support.

    Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3) Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for spondulix


(slang) money
Word Origin
C19: of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spondulix



1856, American English slang, "money, cash," of unknown origin, said to be from Greek spondylikos, from spondylos, a seashell used as currency (the Greek word means literally "vertebra"). Used by Mark Twain and O. Henry and adopted into British English, where it survives despite having faded in American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spondulix




[1856+; said by Tony Thorne to be fr Greek spondylikos fr spondylos, a seashell used as currency]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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