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cuspidor Line breaks: cus|pi¦dor
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌspɪdɔː/

Definition of cuspidor in English:

noun

US
A spittoon.
Example sentences
  • Four brass cuspidors were positioned at the base of each beam, and at a safe distance from the breaking end of the table was a wood stove that glowed red hot at times in the winter.
  • Therefore, litterbugs and those accustomed to spitting on the pavement no longer dare to give free rein to their impulses or else they'd better take along with them a waste-paper basket or a cuspidor whenever they opt for a stroll.
  • Before leaving the ward he picked up the cuspidor from a cabinet at the head of the bed, opened the lid and observed frothy white spittle that lacked any distinctive odor.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Portuguese, 'spitter', from cuspir 'to spit', from Latin conspuere.

Words that rhyme with cuspidor

chador • vendor • humidor • lobster thermidor • corridor

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