chequer

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chequer or (US) checker (ˈtʃɛkə)
 
n
1.  any of the marbles, pegs, or other pieces used in the game of Chinese chequers
2.  a.  a pattern consisting of squares of different colours, textures, or materials
 b.  one of the squares in such a pattern
 
vb
3.  to make irregular in colour or character; variegate
4.  to mark off with alternating squares of colour
 
[C13: chessboard, from Anglo-French escheker, from escheccheck]
 
checker or (US) checker
 
n
 
vb
 
[C13: chessboard, from Anglo-French escheker, from escheccheck]

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