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pall-mall

[pel-mel, pal-mal, pawl-mawl] /ˈpɛlˈmɛl, ˈpælˈmæl, ˈpɔlˈmɔl/
noun
1.
a game, popular in the 17th century, in which a ball of boxwood was struck with a mallet in an attempt to drive it through a raised iron ring at the end of a playing alley.
2.
a playing alley on which this game was played.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Middle French pallemaille < Italian pallamaglio, equivalent to palla ball (< Langobardic) + maglio mallet (< Latin malleus). See ball1, mall, mell
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British Dictionary definitions for pallmall

pall-mall

/ˈpælˈmæl/
noun (obsolete)
1.
a game in which a ball is driven by a mallet along an alley and through an iron ring
2.
the alley itself
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete French, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball + maglio mallet
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Word Origin and History for pallmall

pall-mall

see mall.

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