bricole

[bri-kohl, brik-uh l]
noun
  1. Billiards. a shot in which the cue ball strikes a cushion after touching the object ball and before hitting the carom ball.
  2. an indirect action or unexpected stroke.

Origin of bricole

1515–25; earlier, rebound off a court wall (in tennis), catapult < Middle French < Italian briccola, probably, with suffix substitution, < Langobardic *brihhil- that which breaks; compare Middle High German brechel-, derivative of brechen to break
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bricole

noun
  1. billiards a shot in which the cue ball touches a cushion after striking the object ball and before touching another ball
  2. (in ancient and medieval times) a military catapult for throwing stones, etc
  3. (esp formerly) a harness worn by soldiers for dragging guns or carrying stretchers
  4. an indirect or unexpected action

Word Origin for bricole

C16: from Old French: catapult, from Medieval Latin bricola, of uncertain origin
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