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jai alai

play
noun \ˈhī-ˌlī, ˌhī-ə-ˈlī\

Definition of jai alai

  1. :  a court game somewhat like handball played usually by two or four players with a ball and a long curved wicker basket strapped to the wrist



Origin and Etymology of jai alai

Spanish, from Basque, from jai festival + alai merry


First Known Use: 1903


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