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tablespoonful

[tey-buh l-spoon-foo l]
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noun, plural ta·ble·spoon·fuls.
  1. the amount a tablespoon can hold.
  2. a volumetric measure equal to ½ fluid ounce (14.8 ml), or three teaspoonfuls. Abbreviation: T., tbs., tbsp.

Origin of tablespoonful

First recorded in 1765–75; tablespoon + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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British Dictionary definitions for tbs.

tbs.

tbsp.

abbreviation for
  1. tablespoon(ful)
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