1. perhaps from spout => "flood".
2. 喷流、喷射、喷落而出的大水 => 洪水。
来自拟声词根辅音丛 sp-,吐，喷出，比较 spate,spew,spit,spout,sputter.引申相关词义。
- spate (n.)
- early 15c., originally Scottish and northern English, "a sudden flood, especially one caused by heavy rains or a snowmelt," of unknown origin. Perhaps from Old French espoit "flood," from Dutch spuiten "to flow, spout;" related to spout (v.). Figurative sense of "unusual quantity" is attested from 1610s.
- 1. The Thames was in spate, with flocks of Canada geese speeding downriver.
- 2. The bombing was the latest in a spate of terrorist attacks.
- 3. Doctors have suffered a loss of prestige following a spate of scandals.
- 4. The river is in spate.
- 5. The spate of storms and hurricanes in recent years could be a statistical quirk.
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