spor·​tu·​la | \ ˈspȯ(r)chələ \
plural sportulae\ -​chəˌlē \ also sportulas

Definition of sportula

: a gift (as of food or money) usually from an ancient Roman to one of his clients and often at regular intervals or on prescribed occasions

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History and Etymology for sportula

Latin, literally, little basket, diminutive of sporta basket, from (assumed) Etruscan spurta, from Greek spurid-, spuris; akin to Greek sparton plaited rope, esparto (spiral)

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“Sportula.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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