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faro

[fair-oh]
noun Cards.
  1. a gambling game in which players place bets on a special board or layout, betting on each series of two cards as they are drawn from a box containing the dealer's or banker's pack.
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Origin of faro

1725–35; spelling variant of Pharaoh (compare Italian faraone, French pharaon), alleged to be originally a designation for the king of hearts in the game. See Pharaoh

Faro

[fah-roo]
noun
  1. a seaport in S Portugal.
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Faeroe Islands

or Far·oe Is·lands

[fair-oh]
plural noun
  1. a group of 21 islands in the N Atlantic between Great Britain and Iceland, belonging to Denmark but having extensive home rule. 540 sq. mi. (1400 sq. km). Capital: Torshavn.
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Also called Faer·oes, Faroes.Danish Faer·ö·er·ne [fer-œ-er-nuh] /fɛrˈœ ɛr nə/.
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faro

noun
  1. a gambling game in which players bet against the dealer on what cards he will turn up
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Word Origin for faro

C18: probably spelling variant of Pharaoh

Faro

noun
  1. a port and resort in S Portugal: destroyed by earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. Pop: 58 051 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for faro

n.

1735, gambling game with cards, apparently altered from pharaoh; perhaps his image was on one of the cards.

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