a custom, presumably of German origin, in which
two persons share the kernels of a nut and determine that one shall receive a forfeit from the other at a later time upon the saying of a certain word
or the performance of a certain action.
Americanism; earlier philippina
< Dutch philippine
< German Vielliebchen,
diminutive of viellieb
very dear; in earlier form viellieb
was taken as proper name Philippe
Philip and -chen
was made into feminine suffix -ina,
giving a woman's name; in later form the word was Anglicized along pseudo-classical lines (cf. philo-
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