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teetotum

[tee-toh-tuh m] /tiˈtoʊ təm/
noun
1.
any small top spun with the fingers.
2.
a kind of die having four sides, each marked with a different initial letter, spun with the fingers in an old game of chance.
Origin of teetotum
1710-1720
1710-20; earlier T totum, alteration of totum name of toy (< Latin tōtum, neuter of tōtus all) by prefixing its initial letter, which appeared on one side of the toy
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teetotum

/tiːˈtəʊtəm/
noun (archaic)
1.
a spinning top bearing letters of the alphabet on its four sides
2.
such a top used as a die in gambling games
Word Origin
C18: from T totum, from T initial inscribed on one of the faces + totum the name of the toy, from Latin tōtum the whole
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