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turnspit Line breaks: turn|spit
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːnspɪt/

Definition of turnspit in English:


A servant (or a small dog running on a treadmill) whose job was to turn a spit on which meat was roasting.
Example sentences
  • A house might have several turnspits, and each might be required to work the wheel for a number of hours.
  • In a few years’ time, these noble youths would all be knighted and leave the kitchen behind, but the turnspits and the scullions would still be there.

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