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Thursday, November 08, 2012

quid

\KWID\ , noun;
1.
A piece of something to be chewed but not swallowed.
2.
One pound sterling.
Quotes:
Julius took the twist, wiped off his mouth with a loose male grin, and crammed a large quid into his cheek.
-- Thomas Wolfe, O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life
When he'd lost, he'd chew on his quid and spit in all directions . .
-- Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Death on the Installment Plan
Origin:
Quid is a dialectal variant of the same word in Middle English that leads to cud, the stuff that cows chew.
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