Turnspit meaning

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A dog formerly used in a treadmill to turn a roasting spit.
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A person who turns a spit.
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A small dog trained to turn a spit by means of a treadmill.
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A spit that can be turned.
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A person employed in turning a spit for the purpose of roasting meat.
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(archaic) A short-legged, long-bodied dog, now extinct, bred to run on a wheel to turn a spit.
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Origin of turnspit