[ kong-ker, kawng- ]
/ ˈkɒŋ kər, ˈkɔŋ- /
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noun British Informal.
a horse chestnut.
the hollowed-out shell of a horse chestnut.
conkers, a game in which a child swings a horse chestnut on a string in an attempt to break that of another player.
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Origin of conker
1840–50; probably originally 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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/ (ˈkɒŋkə) /
an informal name for horse chestnut (def. 2)
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