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or spondulix

[spon-doo-liks] /spɒnˈdu lɪks/
noun, Older Slang.
money; cash.
Origin of spondulicks
1855-60, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "spondulicks," said Dicky with a laugh, as the other hesitated for a word.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • "I wonder where he got the spondulicks," broke in her son Richard.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
  • Suppose I can't raise the spondulicks in time for the ten train!

  • Also it was convincingly true that the ingoing party—its way now made a pacific one—would need the "spondulicks."

Word Origin and History for spondulicks

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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