Definition of turnspit in US English:

turnspit

noun

historical
  • A servant (or a small dog running on a treadmill) whose job was to turn a spit on which meat was roasting.

    • ‘A house might have several turnspits, and each might be required to work the wheel for a number of hours.’
    • ‘In a few years’ time, these noble youths would all be knighted and leave the kitchen behind, but the turnspits and the scullions would still be there.’
    attendant, retainer
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Pronunciation

turnspit

/ˈtərnˌspɪt//ˈtərnˌspit/