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tombola

[tom-buh-luh] /ˈtɒm bə lə/
noun, British
1.
house (def 19).
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Italian, derivative of tombolare to tumble, itself derivative of tombare to fall
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British Dictionary definitions for tom-bola

tombola

/tɒmˈbəʊlə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a type of lottery, esp at a fête, in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from tombolare to somersault; see tumble
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Word Origin and History for tom-bola

tombola

n.

"Italian lotto-style lottery," 1880, from Italian tombolare "to tumble, fall upside down."

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