turnspit

noun turn·spit \ -ˌspit \

Definition of turnspit

1 a : one that turns a spit; specifically : a small dog formerly used in a treadmill to turn a spit
b : a roasting jack
2 : a rotatable spit

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1570

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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