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A gambling card game, popular in Elizabethan England.

[Alteration of Spanish primera, feminine of primero, first, from Latin prīmārius, principal, from prīmus, first; see prime.]
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(Historical Terms) chiefly Brit a 16th- and 17th-century card game
[C16: from Spanish primera card game, from primero first, from Latin prīmārius chief]
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