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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
(A) A cherry stone, especially one picked clean and used in various children's games as a counter or the like. Also generally: a fruit stone, a pip. (b) Any of various children's games played with such stones.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Kelly (c1684–1751), writer. Variant of pip, perhaps arising independently by shortening from a variant of pippin.
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