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polo

[poh-loh] /ˈpoʊ loʊ/
noun
1.
a game played on horseback between two teams, each of four players, the object being to score points by driving a wooden ball into the opponents' goal using a long-handled mallet.
2.
any game broadly resembling this, especially water polo.
Origin
Balti
1835-1845
1835-45; < Balti (Tibetan language of Kashmir): ball
Related forms
poloist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for poloist

polo

/ˈpəʊləʊ/
noun
1.
a game similar to hockey played on horseback using long-handled mallets (polo sticks) and a wooden ball
2.
any of several similar games, such as one played on bicycles
3.
short for water polo
4.
Also called polo neck
  1. a collar on a garment, worn rolled over to fit closely round the neck
  2. a garment, esp a sweater, with such a collar
Word Origin
C19: from Balti (dialect of Kashmir): ball, from Tibetan pulu

Polo

/ˈpəʊləʊ/
noun
1.
Marco (ˈmɑːkəʊ). 1254–1324, Venetian merchant, famous for his account of his travels in Asia. After travelling overland to China (1271–75), he spent 17 years serving Kublai Khan before returning to Venice by sea (1292–95)
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Word Origin and History for poloist

polo

n.

1872, Anglo-Indian polo, from Balti (Tibetan language of the Indus valley) polo "ball," related to Tibetan pulu "ball." An ancient game in south Asia, first played in England at Aldershot, 1871. Water polo is from 1876 (in early versions players sometimes paddled about on barrels or in canoes). Polo shirt (1892) originally was a kind worn by polo players.

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