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cuspidor

[kuhs-pi-dawr] /ˈkʌs pɪˌdɔr/
noun
1.
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
1770-1780
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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  • Machines especially adapted for cleaning receptacles of the cuspidor type by cleaning instruments of the brush or broom type only.
British Dictionary definitions for cuspidor

cuspidor

/ˈkʌspɪˌdɔː/
noun
1.
another word (esp US) for spittoon
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese, from cuspir to spit, from Latin conspuere, from spuere to spit
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Word Origin and History for cuspidor
n.

1779, a colonial word, from Portuguese cuspidor "spittoon," from cuspir "to spit," from Latin conspuere "spit on," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + spuere "to spit" (see spew).

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