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spillikin

[spil-i-kin] /ˈspɪl ɪ kɪn/
noun
1.
a jackstraw.
2.
spillikins, (used with a singular verb) the game of jackstraws.
Also, spilikin.
Origin
obsolete Dutch
1725-1735
1725-35; variant of spellican < obsolete Dutch spelleken, equivalent to spelle peg, pin + -ken -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for spillikins

spillikins

/ˈspɪlɪkɪnz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (Brit) a game in which players try to pick each spillikin from a heap without moving any of the others Also called jackstraws
Word Origin
C18: from spill² + diminutive ending. See -kin

spillikin

/ˈspɪlɪkɪn/
noun
1.
a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
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Encyclopedia Article for spillikins

jackstraws

game of skill, played by both children and adults, with thin wooden sticks or with straws or matches. In the early 18th century sticks were made of ivory or bone; later they were made of wood or plastic.

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