1661, in the meaning defined above
probably alteration of Middle Dutch speauter
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“Spelter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelter. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.
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