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spate

  

      n  
1    a fast flow, rush, or outpouring  
a spate of words     
2      (Chiefly Brit)   a sudden flood  
the rivers were in spate     
3      (Chiefly Brit)   a sudden heavy downpour  
     (C15 (Northern and Scottish): of unknown origin)  
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spate

  
  
deluge, flood, flow, outpouring, rush, torrent  

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See also:

spathe, spat, spae, spathed

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