billiards

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Etymology[edit]

From French billard, originally referring to the wooden cue stick, diminutive of Old French bille (log, tree trunk), from Vulgar Latin *bilia, probably of Gaulish origin (compare Old Irish bile (large tree, tree trunk)), from Proto-Celtic *belyos (tree), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰolh₃yos (leaf), from *bʰleh₃- (blossom, flower).

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billiards (uncountable)

  1. (games, UK) A two-player cue sport played with two cue balls and one red ball, on a snooker sized table.
  2. (games, US) The collective noun for games played on a tabletop, usually with several balls, one or more of which is hit by a cue.
  3. plural form of billiard

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