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carom

[kar-uh m] /ˈkær əm/
noun
1.
Billiards, Pool. a shot in which the cue ball hits two balls in succession.
2.
any strike and rebound, as a ball striking a wall and glancing off.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a carom.
4.
to strike and rebound.
Also, carrom.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; by false analysis of carambole (taken as carom ball) < French < Spanish carambola, special use of fruit name; see carambola
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  • He said there are more rear end or carom types of conflicts because it is consecutive right turns.
  • Not to be confused with the carom billiards concept of a big ball.
  • On a carom table, the pockets themselves are replaced by additional diamonds.
British Dictionary definitions for carom

carom

/ˈkærəm/
noun
1.
(billiards, US & Canadian)
  1. a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
  2. the points scored by this
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cannon
Word Origin
C18: from earlier carambole (taken as carom ball), from Spanish carambola
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Word Origin and History for carom
n.

1779, earlier carambole (1775), from French carambole "the red ball in billiards," from Spanish carombola "the red ball in billiards," perhaps originally "fruit of the tropical Asian carambola tree," which is round and orange and supposed to resemble a red billiard ball; from Marathi (southern Indian) karambal. Originally a type of stroke involving the red ball:

If the Striker hits the Red and his Adversary's Ball with his own Ball he played with, he wins two Points; which Stroke is called a Carambole, or for Shortness, a Carrom. ["Hoyle's Games Improved," London, 1779]

v.

1860, from carom (n.). Related: Caromed; caroming.

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