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Turnspit

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turnspit

1. One who turns a spit; hence, a person engaged in some menial office. His lordship is his majesty's turnspit. (Burke)

2. (Science: zoology) A small breed of dogs having a long body and short crooked legs. These dogs were formerly much used for turning a spit on which meat was roasting.