Spondulices

spondulicks

[spon-doo-liks]
noun Older Slang.
money; cash.
Also, spondulix.


Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; origin uncertain

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