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also drei·dl  (drād′l)
A toy similar to a spinning top used in games of chance played by children and adults at Hanukkah.

[Yiddish dreydl, from dreyen, to turn, from Middle High German dræjen, from Old High German drāen.]
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(Judaism) a four sided spinning top, played with chiefly by children during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah
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(ˈdreɪd l)

n., pl. -dels, -del.
1. a four-sided top bearing Hebrew letters, used in a children's game traditionally played on Hanukkah.
2. the game itself.
[1925–30; < Yiddish dreydl=drey(en) to rotate, turn (< Middle High German dræ(je)n, dræhen; compare German. drehen) + -dl n. suffix]
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