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  • n. The game of ninepins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disease in the feet of cattle; laminitis.
  • n. The game of ninepins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A disease in the feet of cattle. Also called founder.
  • n. A game mentioned in old statutes, played with pins and bowls, and supposed to be the equivalent of the modern ninepins.


Dutch klossen to play at bowls. (Wiktionary)



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  • An obsolete game with a ball or bowl, prohibited in many successive statutes in the 15th-16th centuries. From 16th c. Dutch lexicographers and descriptions, it appears that the bowl used in the game had to be driven by a spade- or chisel-shaped implement, the klos-beytel, through a hoop or ring, as in croquet.

    August 6, 2008