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mah-jongg

or mah-jong

[ mah-jawng, -jong, -zhawng, -zhong ]
/ ˈmɑˈdʒɔŋ, -ˈdʒɒŋ, -ˈʒɔŋ, -ˈʒɒŋ /
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noun
a game of Chinese origin usually played by four persons with 144 dominolike pieces or tiles marked in suits, counters, and dice, the object being to build a winning combination of pieces.
verb (used without object)
to win a game of mah-jongg.
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Origin of mah-jongg

1920–25; <dialectal Chinese; compare Guangdong dial. màh-jéuk,Chinese máquè literally, sparrow (depicted on the first tile of a set), equivalent to hemp + què bird
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