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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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British Dictionary definitions for spondulicks

spondulix

/spɒnˈdjuːlɪks/
noun
1.
(slang) money
Word Origin
C19: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for 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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