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spondulicks

[spon-doo-liks] /spɒnˈdu lɪks/
noun, Older Slang.
1.
money; cash.
Also, spondulix.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for spondulices

spondulicks

n.

1856, American English slang, "money, cash," of unknown origin, said to be from Greek spondylikos, from spondylos, a seashell used as currency (the Greek word means literally "vertebra"). Used by Mark Twain and O. Henry and adopted into British English, where it survives despite having faded in American English.

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