cuspidor

[ kuhs-pi-dawr ]
/ ˈkʌs pɪˌdɔr /

noun

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.

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Origin of cuspidor

1770–80; <Portuguese: literally, spitter, equivalent to cusp(ir) to spit (≪ Latin conspuere to cover with spit; con-con- + spuere to spit1) + -idor<Latin -i-tōrium;see -i-, -tory2
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British Dictionary definitions for cuspidor

cuspidor
/ (ˈkʌspɪˌdɔː) /

noun

another word (esp US) for spittoon

Word Origin for cuspidor

C18: from Portuguese, from cuspir to spit, from Latin conspuere, from spuere to spit
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