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a. One that turns a roasting spit.
b. A roasting spit that can be turned.
2. A dog formerly used in a treadmill to turn a roasting spit.
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1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a servant or small dog whose job was to turn the spit on which meat, poultry, etc, was roasting
2. (Cookery) a spit that can be so turned
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1. a spit that rotates or can be rotated.
2. a person who turns a spit.
3. a small dog formerly used to work a treadmill that turned a spit.
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Noun1.turnspit - a roasting spit that can be turnedturnspit - a roasting spit that can be turned  
spit - a skewer for holding meat over a fire
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[ˈtɜːnspɪt] Nmecanismo m que da vueltas al asador
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