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pétanque

[ pey-tahngk; French pe-tahnk ]
/ peɪˈtɑŋk; French pɛˈtɑ̃k /
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noun

a form of lawn bowling originating in France, usually played on rough ground using steel balls.

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Also called boule.

Origin of pétanque

1950–55; <French <Provençal foot (<Latin ped-, stem of pēs) + tanco post, stake (derivative of tancar to close, bar <Vulgar Latin *stanticāre;see stanch1); so called because the feet are to be planted firmly on the ground, as if staked, when the ball is released
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British Dictionary definitions for pétanque

pétanque
/ French (petɑ̃k) /

noun

another name, esp in the South of France, for boules

Word Origin for pétanque

from Provençal pèd tanco foot fixed (to the ground)
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