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spillikin

or spil·i·kin

[spil-i-kin]
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noun
  1. a jackstraw.
  2. spillikins, (used with a singular verb) the game of jackstraws.
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Origin of spillikin

1725–35; variant of spellican < obsolete Dutch spelleken, equivalent to spelle peg, pin + -ken -kin
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  • It's so very difficult to play a game with a spillikin on one side and a sledge-hammer on the other.'

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    W. Somerset Maugham


British Dictionary definitions for spillikin

spillikin

spilikin spellican (ˈspɛlɪkən)

noun
  1. a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
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