lacrosse

[luh-kraws, -kros]
noun
a game, originated by Indians of North America, in which two 10-member teams attempt to send a small ball into each other's netted goal, each player being equipped with a crosse or stick at the end of which is a netted pocket for catching, carrying, or throwing the ball.

Origin:
1710–20, Americanism; < Canadian French: literally, the crook (stick used in the game). See crosse

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lacrosse (ləˈkrɒs)
 
n
a ball game invented by Native Americans, now played by two teams who try to propel a ball into each other's goal by means of long-handled hooked sticks that are loosely strung with a kind of netted pouch
 
[C19: Canadian French: the hooked stick, crosier]

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lacrosse
1718, Amer.Eng., from Canadian Fr. jeu de la crosse "game of the hooked sticks," from crosse "hooked stick," which is used to throw the ball, from P.Gmc. *kruk-. Originally a N.Amer. Indian game. The native name is represented by Ojibwa (Algonquian) baaga'adowe "to play lacrosse."
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