bezique

[buh-zeek]
noun Cards.
a game resembling pinochle, originally played with 64 cards and now more commonly with 128 cards and, sometimes, 192 or 256 cards.

Origin:
1860–65; < French bésigue, bézigue, perhaps < Italian bazzica a similar game, derived variously from bazza trump card, stroke of luck, or bazzicare to frequent, haunt

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bezique (bɪˈziːk)
 
n
1.  a card game for two or more players with tricks similar to whist but with additional points scored for honours and sequences: played with two packs with nothing below a seven
2.  (in this game) the queen of spades and jack of diamonds declared together
 
[C19: from French bésigue, of unknown origin]

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bezique
card game, 1861, from Fr. bézigue, of unknown origin.
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bezique

trick-and-meld card game related to pinochle, both of which derive from the 19th-century French game of binocle, itself a development of the card game sixty-six.

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Twohanded pinochle and twohanded bezique are almost identical.
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