or spil·i·kin


Origin of spillikin

1725–35; variant of spellican < obsolete Dutch spelleken, equivalent to spelle peg, pin + -ken -kin
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  1. (functioning as singular) British a game in which players try to pick each spillikin from a heap without moving any of the othersAlso called: jackstraws

Word Origin for spillikins

C18: from spill ² + diminutive ending. See -kin


spilikin spellican (ˈspɛlɪkən)

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