a bowling pin that is almost cylindrical and can be set up on either end, used in a game resembling tenpins.
candlepins, (used with a singular verb) the game played with such pins.

1900–05; candle + pin Unabridged
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candlepin (ˈkændəlˌpɪn)
a bowling pin, as used in skittles, tenpin bowling, candlepins, etc

candlepins (ˈkændəlˌpɪnz)
(functioning as singular) a type of bowling game, employing a smaller ball than tenpins, in which three balls are allowed to a frame and fallen pins are not removed from the alley

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bowling game played on a standard tenpin lane with slender, cylindrical pins about 15 inches (38 cm) tall and tapered at both ends. The ball is 4.5 inches in diameter and 2 pounds 7 ounces (1.1 kg) in weight. Three balls are bowled in a frame (box), as in duckpins, but pins knocked down (deadwood) are not removed until the frame is completed. Scoring is roughly the same as in duckpins (q.v.).

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