tenace

[ten-eys]
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noun Whist, Bridge.

a sequence of two high cards of the same suit that lack an intervening card to be in consecutive order, as the ace and queen.

Origin of tenace

1645–55; < Spanish tenazas tongs, tenace (in card games), derivative of tenazLatin tenāx tenacious; compare Medieval Latin tenācēs forceps
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tenace

noun

bridge whist a holding of two nonconsecutive high cards of a suit, such as the ace and queen

Word Origin for tenace

C17: from French, from Spanish tenaza forceps, ultimately from Latin tenāx holding fast, from tenēre to hold
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