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Sunday, June 13, 1999

Definitions for taw

  1. A large marble used for shooting in the game of marbles.

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Citations for taw
He is hiding or hoarding his Taws and Marbles. Steele, Tatler No. 30
A still greater favourite is shooting a 'taw', which requires no small dexterity. Grant,
Origin of taw
1700-1710
Of uncertain origin, but possibly from the letter T (in Greek tau) used as a mark. Names for other marbles: commoney, "a marble of a common sort"; ally or alley (a contraction of alabaster, of which it was originally made), a choice marble or taw; one of real marble or alabaster in contrast with those of terra cotta.