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1. spillikins(used with a sing. verb) The game of jackstraws.
2. One of the straws used in playing jackstraws.

[Probably alteration of Flemish spelleken, diminutive of spelle, pin, from Middle Flemish, ultimately from Medieval Latin spīnula, diminutive of Latin spīna, thorn.]
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(ˈspɪlɪkɪn) or




(Games, other than specified) a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
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or spil•i•kin

(ˈspɪl ɪ kɪn)

1. a jackstraw.
2. spillikins, (used with a sing. v.) the game of jackstraws.
[1725–35; variant of spellican < obsolete Dutch spelleken=spelle peg, pin + -ken -kin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spillikin - a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
strip - thin piece of wood or metal
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(old: = spill) → Kienspan m
spillikins pl (= game)Mikado nt
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