spillikins

spillikin

[spil-i-kin]
noun
1.
a jackstraw.
2.
spillikins, (used with a singular verb) the game of jackstraws.
Also, spilikin.


Origin:
1725–35; variant of spellican < obsolete Dutch spelleken, equivalent to spelle peg, pin + -ken -kin

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spillikin, spilikin or spellican (ˈspɪlɪkɪn, ˈspɛlɪkən)
 
n
a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
 
spilikin, spilikin or spellican
 
n
 
spellican, spilikin or spellican
 
n

spillikins (ˈspɪlɪkɪnz)
 
n
(Brit) (functioning as singular) Also called: jackstraws a game in which players try to pick each spillikin from a heap without moving any of the others
 
[C18: from spill² + diminutive ending. See -kin]

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spillikins

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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