conker

conker

[kong-ker, kawng-]
noun British Informal.
1.
a horse chestnut.
2.
the hollowed-out shell of a horse chestnut.
3.
conkers, a game in which a child swings a horse chestnut on a string in an attempt to break that of another player.

Origin:
1840–50; probably orig. conquer; compare conquering a game played with snail shells (the name of the game presumably later transferred to the playing pieces)

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conker (ˈkɒŋkə)
 
n
an informal name for horse chestnut

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conker
"snail shell," also "horse chestnut," from children's game of conkers (q.v.).
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