sparable

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sparable (comparative more sparable, superlative most sparable)

  1. Alternative form of spareable

Etymology 2[edit]

From sparrowbill, in reference to its shape, like a sparrow's beak.

Noun[edit]

sparable (plural sparables)

  1. A small headless nail used in making shoes (especially the heels).
    • 1828, JT Smith, Nollekens and His Times, Century Hutchinson 1986, p. 183:
      [H]e was sometimes seen disputing with the cobbler, his opposite neighbour, about the charge of two-pence; and refusing to pay Crispin's demand, unless he put three or four more sparables in the heels of the shoes which he had mended twice before!
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