One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNZ, Australian
A Chinese form of lottery played with slips of paper marked with columns of characters.‘he loses the earnings playing pakapoo’as modifier ‘pakapoo dens’
- ‘He steals her bracelet to gamble on the new Chinese game, Pakapoo.’
- ‘The three storeyed red and white bawdy houses of Upper Queen Street extended into Grey Street, and mingled happily with Chinese grocery shops, masonic clubs, and pakapoo saloons.’
- ‘Neither had time or inclination to waste his energies on the question of pak-apu and fan-tan in Chinatown.’
- ‘Instruments for playing pakapoo were found upon the premises.’
- ‘Pakapoo was enormously popular among Chinese in colonial New Zealand.’
Early 20th century: from Chinese pai ko p'iao, literally ‘white pigeon ticket’, perhaps originally referring to a Cantonese competition in which a white pigeon was trained to choose the winning ticket.
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