duckpins

duckpin

[duhk-pin]
noun
1.
Bowling. a short pin of relatively large diameter, used in a game resembling tenpins, and bowled at with small balls.
2.
duckpins, (used with a singular verb) the game played with such pins.

Origin:
1905–10; so called from the pin's resemblance to the shape of a duck

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duckpins

bowling game played on a standard tenpin lane with smaller pins and balls. Duckpins are 9.4 inches (23.3 cm) tall. The ball that is used to knock the pins down is a maximum of 5 inches in diameter and 3 pounds 12 ounces (1.7 kg) in weight, and it has no finger holes. Three balls may be rolled in each frame of the 10-frame game. There is no bonus for knocking down all 10 pins with three balls. Other rules are similar to those of tenpins. A perfect game is 300, as it is in tenpin bowling

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