teetotum

noun
tee·​to·​tum | \ ˈtē-ˈtō-təm How to pronounce teetotum (audio) \

Definition of teetotum

: a small top usually inscribed with letters and used in put-and-take

First Known Use of teetotum

1720, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teetotum

tee entry 1 + Latin totum all, from neuter of totus whole; from the letter T inscribed on one side as an abbreviation of totum (take) all

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“Teetotum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teetotum. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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