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conker

[kong-ker, kawng-] /ˈkɒŋ kər, ˈkɔŋ-/
noun, British Informal.
1.
a horse chestnut.
2.
the hollowed-out shell of a horse chestnut.
3.
conkers, a game in which a child swings a horse chestnut on a string in an attempt to break that of another player.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; probably orig. conquer; compare conquering a game played with snail shells (the name of the game presumably later transferred to the playing pieces)
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British Dictionary definitions for conkers

conkers

/ˈkɒŋkəz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (Brit) a game in which a player swings a horse chestnut (conker), threaded onto a string, against that of another player to try to break it
Word Origin
C19: from dialect conker snail shell, originally used in the game

conker

/ˈkɒŋkə/
noun
1.
an informal name for horse chestnut (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for conkers
n.

"child's game played with horse chestnuts," originally with snail shells, 1847, probably a variant of conquer. The goal was to break the other player's item by hitting it with yours.

conker

n.

"snail shell," also "horse chestnut," from children's game of conkers (q.v.).

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