[ luh-kraws, -kros ]
/ ləˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs /


a game, originated by Indians of North America, in which two 10-member teams attempt to send a small ball into each other's netted goal, each player being equipped with a crosse or stick at the end of which is a netted pocket for catching, carrying, or throwing the ball.

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  8. lactacidosis,
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Origin of lacrosse

1710–20, Americanism; < Canadian French: literally, the crook (stick used in the game). See crosse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lacrosse


/ (ləˈkrɒs) /


a ball game invented by Native Americans, now played by two teams who try to propel a ball into each other's goal by means of long-handled hooked sticks that are loosely strung with a kind of netted pouch

Word Origin for lacrosse

C19: Canadian French: the hooked stick, crosier

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Word Origin and History for lacrosse



1718, American English, from Canadian French jeu de la crosse "game of the hooked sticks," from crosse "hooked stick," which is used to throw the ball, from Proto-Germanic *kruk-. Originally a North American Indian game. The native name is represented by Ojibwa (Algonquian) baaga'adowe "to play lacrosse."

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