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spittoon

[spi-toon] /spɪˈtun/
noun
1.
a cuspidor.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; spit1 + -oon
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Examples from the web for spittoon
  • So they kept track of how much a spittoon cost and where the carpets had been ordered from-all that information was there.
  • After tasting, you'll spit the remains into a spittoon.
  • The corporate faith in big industrial mergers is a vestige of the spats-and-spittoon era.
  • There is also a large, ceremonial spittoon, apparently common in the day.
British Dictionary definitions for spittoon

spittoon

/spɪˈtuːn/
noun
1.
a receptacle for spit, usually in a public place
Word Origin
C19: from spit1 + -oon: see saloon, balloon, etc
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Word Origin and History for spittoon
n.

1823, American English, from spit (n.1) + -oon. A rare instance of a word formed in English using this suffix (octoroon is another). Replaced earlier spitting box (1680s).

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