petanque

pétanque

[pey-tahngk; French pe-tahnk]
noun
a form of lawn bowling originating in France, usually played on rough ground using steel balls.
Also called boule.


Origin:
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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pétanque (ˌpeɪˈtɑ̃k, English petɑ̃k)
 
n
another name, esp in the South of France, for boules
 
[French, from Provençal pèd tanco foot fixed (to the ground)]

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