- a children's game in which two players alternately stretch a looped string over their fingers in such a way as to produce different designs.
- the intricate design formed by the string in this game.
- intricacy; complexity.
Origin of cat's cradle
First recorded in 1760–70
- a novel (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut.
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- a game played by making intricate patterns with a loop of string between the fingers
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