cuspidor

[kuhs-pi-dawr]
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.

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

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cuspidor (ˈkʌspɪˌdɔː)
 
n
another word (esp US) for spittoon
 
[C18: from Portuguese, from cuspir to spit, from Latin conspuere, from spuere to spit]

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cuspidor
1779, a colonial word, from Port. cuspidor "spittoon," from cuspir "to spit," from L. conspuere "spit on," from com- intens. prefix + spuere "to spit."
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Machines especially adapted for cleaning receptacles of the cuspidor type by cleaning instruments of the brush or broom type only.
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