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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spongin spŭn"jĭn (Physiol. Chem) The chemical basis of sponge tissue, a nitrogenous, hornlike substance which on decomposition with sulphuric acid yields leucin and glycocoll.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spongin The proper horny or fibrous substance of sponges; ceratose or ceratode. Also spongiolin.
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In literature:

You ain't goin' to do no spongin' off me just because I'm marryin' your sister.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
If 'twas Alvin Baker you ought to be ashamed of yourself, spongin' on him for your vittles.
"The Rise of Roscoe Paine" by Joseph C. Lincoln
I've never been used to bein' a loafer, spongin' on my relations.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
You don't count on spongin' a livin' out of a poor little woman like aunt Dorcas, I hope?
"The Princess and Joe Potter" by James Otis
I can't stay an' be spongin' on you folks any longer, it wouldn't be proper.
"Dave Porter in the South Seas" by Edward Stratemeyer
The amount of spongin present is also different in different species.
"Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa" by Nelson Annandale