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A board game in which participants take turns to flick wooden discs on to the circular playing surface, attempting to displace opponents' pieces and land in the higher-scoring central sections.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Sentinel. From French croquignole flip, flick, of uncertain origin; perhaps from croquer to crunch, bite; compare -ole.
A board game played mainly in Canada, in which players take turns flicking small disks across a circular playing surface with the aim of displacing opponents' pieces and landing in the higher-scoring central sections.‘we'd play ping-pong and crokinole and drink ginger ale’
Late 19th century: from French croquignole ‘flip, flick’.
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