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spittoon (n.)

also spitoon, 1811, American English, from spit (n.1) + -oon. A rare instance of a word formed in English using this suffix (octoroon is another). Replaced earlier spitting box (1680s).

updated on November 10, 2013

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Definitions of spittoon from WordNet

spittoon (n.)
a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place);
Synonyms: cuspidor
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.