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bezique

[buh-zeek] /bəˈzik/
noun, Cards.
1.
a game resembling pinochle, originally played with 64 cards and now more commonly with 128 cards and, sometimes, 192 or 256 cards.
Origin
1860-1865
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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  • Twohanded pinochle and twohanded bezique are almost identical.
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bezique

/bɪˈziːk/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from French bésigue, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bezique
n.

card game, 1861, from French bézigue (19c.), of unknown origin.

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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