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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 spondulix

spondulix

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

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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Slang definitions & phrases for spondulix

spondulics

noun

Money

[1856+; said by Tony Thorne to be fr Greek spondylikos fr spondylos, a seashell used as currency]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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