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turnspit

[turn-spit] /ˈtɜrnˌspɪt/
noun
1.
a spit that rotates or can be rotated.
2.
a mechanically or manually operated device for turning a spit on which meat is roasted.
3.
a person who turns a spit.
4.
a small dog having a long body and short legs, used formerly to work a treadmill that turned a spit.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; turn + spit2
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British Dictionary definitions for turnspit

turnspit

/ˈtɜːnˌspɪt/
noun
1.
(formerly) a servant or small dog whose job was to turn the spit on which meat, poultry, etc, was roasting
2.
a spit that can be so turned
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