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splitter

[split-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that splits.
  2. Biology Informal. a taxonomist who believes that classifications should emphasize differences between organisms and therefore favors a multiplicity of taxa (opposed to lumper).
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Origin of splitter

First recorded in 1615–25; split + -er1
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Examples from the Web for splitter

Historical Examples

  • The cashier had unlocked the street door for them, and Bartrow ran the splitter of hairs out to the sidewalk.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • The cry echoed back short from a hundred Polack throats, and they sent a splitter; it was plain they were mad for blood.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman

  • The splitter with one cut lays the fish open from head to tail and with another cut takes out the backbone.

    The Sea Rovers

    Rufus Rockwell Wilson

  • Their supply not being equal to the demand, one of them invented the ‘splitter.’

  • On arriving at Peter Harbour he ran away, and hired himself as a splitter to the Newfoundland cod fishery.