turnspit

[ turn-spit ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌspɪt /

noun

a spit that rotates or can be rotated.
a mechanically or manually operated device for turning a spit on which meat is roasted.
a person who turns a spit.
a small dog having a long body and short legs, used formerly to work a treadmill that turned a spit.

Origin of turnspit

First recorded in 1570–80; turn + spit2
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turnspit

/ (ˈtɜːnˌspɪt) /

noun

(formerly) a servant or small dog whose job was to turn the spit on which meat, poultry, etc, was roasting
a spit that can be so turned
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