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pétanque

[pey-tahngk; French pe-tahnk] /peɪˈtɑŋk; French pɛˈtɑ̃k/
noun
1.
a form of lawn bowling originating in France, usually played on rough ground using steel balls.
Also called boule.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; < French < Provençal foot (< Latin ped-, stem of pēs) + tanco post, stake (derivative of tancar to close, bar < Vulgar Latin *stanticāre; see stanch1); so called because the feet are to be planted firmly on the ground, as if staked, when the ball is released
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British Dictionary definitions for petanque

pétanque

/petɑ̃k/
noun
1.
another name, esp in the South of France, for boules
Word Origin
from Provençal pèd tanco foot fixed (to the ground)
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