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[luh-kraws, -kros] /ləˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs/
a game, originated by Indians of North America, in which two 10-member teams attempt to send a small ball into each other's netted goal, each player being equipped with a crosse or stick at the end of which is a netted pocket for catching, carrying, or throwing the ball.
1710-20, Americanism; < Canadian French: literally, the crook (stick used in the game). See crosse Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lacrosse
  • lacrosse and basketball are siblings of soccer, hockey, and water polo.
  • We could feel how much he was itching to have a go at it, even though he'd never held a lacrosse stick in his life.
British Dictionary definitions for lacrosse


a ball game invented by Native Americans, now played by two teams who try to propel a ball into each other's goal by means of long-handled hooked sticks that are loosely strung with a kind of netted pouch
Word Origin
C19: Canadian French: the hooked stick, crosier
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Word Origin and History for lacrosse

1718, American English, from Canadian French jeu de la crosse "game of the hooked sticks," from crosse "hooked stick," which is used to throw the ball, from Proto-Germanic *kruk-. Originally a North American Indian game. The native name is represented by Ojibwa (Algonquian) baaga'adowe "to play lacrosse."

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