Examples from the Web for turnspit
With disparaging magnanimity in victory, Henry took Simnel into his kitchens as a turnspit.
So it has probably been with the turnspit dog; and this is known to have been the case with the ancon sheep.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection|Charles Darwin
As for the turnspit, he ran after the chariot, and got so covered with mud that one could hardly see what he was like at all.The Blue Fairy Book|Various
Buffon calls the turnspit the Basset à jambes torses, but some of the breed are said to have straight legs.Anecdotes of Dogs|Edward Jesse
Reform was foiled, as Burke put it, because the turnspit in the king's kitchen was a member of parliament.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.|Leslie Stephen
Simnel (p. 348) was pardoned, and employed by Henry as a turnspit in his kitchen.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.