sparrow dominoes

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calque of Chinese 麻將 + dominoes.


sparrow dominoes (uncountable)

  1. The game of mahjong.
    • (Can we date this quote?), China Monthly Review:
      There is probably no town in China where the click of the Sparrow dominoes is so little heard.
    • 1935, National Council of Teachers of English, Secondary Section, English Journal:
      Even "Mah-Jongg," for example, is called "sparrow dominoes"—and very rightly, since that is what the Chinese word means to the Chinese.