a custom, presumably of German origin, in which two persons share the kernels of a nut and determine that one shall receive a forfeit from the other at a later time upon the saying of a certain word or the performance of a certain action.
the thing shared.
the forfeit paid.
- Also fillipeen.
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How to use philopena in a sentence
I owe him a philopena, and that would have been a splendid way to pay it.Tabitha at Ivy Hall | Ruth Alberta Brown
O, pouted Luella, I dont suppose that meant anything either, for I caught him in a philopena on the way home that day.Aunt Crete's Emancipation | Grace Livingston Hill
This afternoon Aunt and I hunted all over town for philopena presents.Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
There were once a Prince and a Princess who, when quite young, ate a philopena together.The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales | Frank R. Stockton
They often thought of the philopena they had eaten together, and wondered if they should know each other when they met.The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales | Frank R. Stockton