conker

[kong-ker, kawng-]
noun British Informal.
  1. a horse chestnut.
  2. the hollowed-out shell of a horse chestnut.
  3. conkers, a game in which a child swings a horse chestnut on a string in an attempt to break that of another player.

Origin of conker

1840–50; probably orig. conquer; compare conquering a game played with snail shells (the name of the game presumably later transferred to the playing pieces)
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conker

noun
  1. an informal name for horse chestnut (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for conker
n.

"snail shell," also "horse chestnut," from children's game of conkers (q.v.).

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