or spon·du·lix


noun Older Slang.

money; cash.

Origin of spondulicks

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for spondulix

Historical Examples of spondulix

  • 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 for spondulix

C19: of obscure origin
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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.

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