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pinochle

noun pi·noch·le \ˈpē-ˌnə-kəl\

: a card game played with a special deck of 48 cards

Full Definition of PINOCHLE

:  a card game played with a 48-card pack containing two each of A, K, Q, J, 10, 9 in each suit with the object to score points by melding certain combinations of cards or by winning tricks that contain scoring cards; also :  the meld of queen of spades and jack of diamonds scoring 40 points in this game
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Origin of PINOCHLE

modification of German dialect Binokel, a game resembling bezique, from French dialect binocle
First Known Use: 1864

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