spawl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spawl a fragment broken off from the edge or face of stone or ore and having at least one thin edge "a truck bearing a mound of blue spalls"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spawl A splinter or fragment, as of wood or stone. See Spall.
    • n Spawl Scattered or ejected spittle.
    • v. i. & t Spawl To scatter spittle from the mouth; to spit, as saliva. "Why must he sputter, spawl , and slaver it
      In vain, against the people's favorite."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spawl See spall.
    • n spawl See spall.
    • n spawl Saliva or spittle thrown out carelessly; slaver.
    • spawl To throw saliva from the mouth so as to scatter it; eject spittle in a careless, dirty manner: sometimes with indefinite it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spawl spawl spittle, slaver
    • v.i Spawl to eject saliva
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. spātl, fr. spǣtan, to spit; probably akin to spīwan, E. spew,. Cf. Spew

Usage

In literature:

Whatever noise is made by a spawl when stepped on is the one I want.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
The riprap was merely a skin on each face, with loose spawls mixed with the earth.
"The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror" by Various
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