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faro

[fair-oh] /ˈfɛər oʊ/
noun, Cards.
1.
a gambling game in which players place bets on a special board or layout, betting on each series of two cards as they are drawn from a box containing the dealer's or banker's pack.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; spelling variant of Pharaoh (compare Italian faraone, French pharaon), alleged to be originally a designation for the king of hearts in the game. See Pharaoh

Faro

[fah-roo] /ˈfɑ rʊ/
noun
1.
a seaport in S Portugal.
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British Dictionary definitions for faro

faro

/ˈfɛərəʊ/
noun
1.
a gambling game in which players bet against the dealer on what cards he will turn up
Word Origin
C18: probably spelling variant of Pharaoh

Faro

/ˈfɑːrəʊ/
noun
1.
a port and resort in S Portugal: destroyed by earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. Pop: 58 051 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for faro
faro
1735, gambling game with cards, apparently altered from pharaoh; perhaps his image was on one of the cards.
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Encyclopedia Article for faro

Faro

southernmost city of Portugal, lying on the Atlantic coast near Cape Santa Maria. Held by the Moors from early in the 8th century until 1249, when it was recaptured by Afonso III, the city was the last Moorish stronghold in Portugal. It was sacked by the English in 1596 and was almost totally destroyed in the earthquakes of 1722 and 1755. Notable remaining buildings include the Renaissance cathedral (restored in the 18th century); the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Anunciacao (1513) is in ruins. The former bishop's palace library was pillaged by the Earl of Essex in 1596 and formed the nucleus of the Bodleian Library in Oxford

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