tenace

tenace

[ten-eys]
noun Whist, Bridge.
a sequence of two high cards of the same suit that lack an intervening card to be in consecutive order, as the ace and queen.


Origin:
1645–55; < Spanish tenazas tongs, tenace (in card games), derivative of tenazLatin tenāx tenacious; compare Medieval Latin tenācēs forceps

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tenace (ˈtɛneɪs)
 
n
bridge, whist a holding of two nonconsecutive high cards of a suit, such as the ace and queen
 
[C17: from French, from Spanish tenaza forceps, ultimately from Latin tenāx holding fast, from tenēre to hold]

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