Meanings

1.
to flush
(the toilet)
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2.
to clean
(For dishes ... "das Geschirr spülen".)
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3.
to rinse
(Dishes and laundry... the part of washing where the detergent is washed out completely. )
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Word Family

Root: *(s)plei-

This is one of several Indo-European roots that were about the core idea of:

splitting, splicing

This one is the origin of English split, splice and flint. 

The German Spule (coil) originally was a cut off round piece of wood you used to wrap your yarn around.

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