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or pi·noc·le  (pē′nŭk′əl, -nŏk′əl) also pe·nuch·le or pe·nuck·le (pē′nŭk′əl)
1. A game of cards for two to four persons, played with a special deck of 48 cards, with points being scored by taking tricks and forming certain combinations.
2. The combination of the queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game.

[Perhaps from German dialectal Binokel, beziquelike card game, from French dialectal binocle, spectacles, from New Latin bīnoculus, the two eyes : Latin bīnī, two each; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + Latin oculus, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈpiːnʌkəl) ,






1. (Card Games) a card game for two to four players similar to bezique
2. (Card Games) the combination of queen of spades and jack of diamonds in this game
[C19: of unknown origin]
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or pi•noc•le

(ˈpi nʌk əl, -nɒk-)

1. a card game played by two, three, or four persons, with a 48-card deck.
2. a meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game.
[1860–65, Amer.; < Swiss German Binokel, Binoggel < Swiss French, French binocle literally, pince-nez, probably adopted as synonym of the less current French besicles spectacles, alter., by folk etym., of bezigue bezique]
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Noun1.pinochle - a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards (two of each suit for high cards)pinochle - a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards (two of each suit for high cards); play resembles whist
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
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