bezique

[buh-zeek]
noun Cards.
  1. a game resembling pinochle, originally played with 64 cards and now more commonly with 128 cards and, sometimes, 192 or 256 cards.

Origin of bezique

1860–65; < French bésigue, bézigue, perhaps < Italian bazzica a similar game, derived variously from bazza trump card, stroke of luck, or bazzicare to frequent, haunt
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bezique

noun
  1. a card game for two or more players with tricks similar to whist but with additional points scored for honours and sequences: played with two packs with nothing below a seven
  2. (in this game) the queen of spades and jack of diamonds declared together

Word Origin for bezique

C19: from French bésigue, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bezique
n.

card game, 1861, from French bézigue (19c.), of unknown origin.

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