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spillikin

or spilikin

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