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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1000-1100
Language: Latin
Origin: spongia, from Greek

sponge

1 noun
     
sponge
sponge1
1 [uncountable and countable]D a piece of a soft natural or artificial substance full of small holes, which can suck up liquid and is used for washing
2 [countable]HBA a simple sea creature from which natural sponge is produced
3 [singular] British English an act of washing something with a sponge
4 [uncountable and countable] British EnglishDF a light cake made from flour, sugar, butter and eggs:
a Victoria sponge
5 [countable] a sponger
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