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Appears from the Taishō period in the early 1900s. A pinball-like children's game was first called ガチャンコ (gachanko) of similar derivation, with the more gambling-oriented パチンコ (pachinko) becoming popular from around 1947.
パチンコ (rōmaji pachinko)
- pachinko, a form of vertical pinball used for gambling and sometimes in found in arcades
- a slingshot, a stonebow
- (slang) a pistol
- Chinese: 柏青哥 (bóqīnggē)