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spitoon

Word Origin and History for spitoon
spitoon
1823, Amer.Eng., from spit (1) + -oon, Eng. spelling of Fr. -on (from L. -onem). A rare instance of a word formed in Eng. using this suffix (octoroon is another). Replaced earlier spitting box (1687).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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