Definition of HURLING

:  an Irish game resembling field hockey played between two teams of 15 players each

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Irish sport resembling both field hockey and lacrosse. It is played between two 15-player teams. The game is mentioned in Irish manuscripts dating back to the 13th century BC. The stick used—a tapered, slightly curved device with a cupped blade at the end—is called a hurley. A point is scored by hitting the ball over the crossbar of the opposing team's goalposts, and three points are scored by driving it under the crossbar. It is considered the national pastime of Ireland.


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