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A card game for two players, originally from Mexico, similar to rummy.
- ‘Marvin and I played so much pitch and cooncan that winter that we wore the spots off the playing cards.’
- ‘Its tourism guide takes up each town in its alphabetical turn, including Concan, where 71 residents live with the possibility that the town was named for cooncan, a card game.’
- ‘He began to think about a combination of the best elements of Bridge, Rummy, and a Rummy variant called ‘cooncan.’’
- ‘A visitor to an early 20th century camp described the lumberjacks sitting around the box stove in their barrack-like shanty enjoying a ‘free-for-all’ - playing checkers, poker or cooncan, reading, writing letters and talking.’
- ‘Conquian, known as cooncan as it spread to Texas and the southern United States early in the 20th century, used the Spanish pack of 40 cards - the regular 52-card pack with 10s, 9s, and 8s removed.’
Late 19th century: probably from Spanish con quién ‘with whom?’.
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