variants or spitsticker
: a graver that is used especially to outline designs
: a small pointed chisel (as for making very small sloping cuts between the stones of a setting)

Word History


spitstick alteration (influenced by stick) of spitsticker, from Dutch spitssteker, from spits pointed (from Middle Dutch, from Middle High German spiz, spitze, from Old High German spizzi) + steker graver, one that pricks or thrusts, from Middle Dutch, jouster, from steken to sting, prick, thrust + -er; akin to Old High German stehhan to sting, prick

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“Spitstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitstick. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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