alquerque

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noun al·quer·que \ al-ˈkər-kē \

Definition of alquerque

:an ancient board game regarded as a precursor to checkers in which two players each having twelve pieces begin play with their pieces arranged on a board five spaces wide and five spaces deep with one open space in the middle
  • Draughts were invented about 1100, probably in the south of France, by using backgammon pieces on a chessboard with the moves of alquerque.
  • —R. C. BellBoard and Table Game Antiques2008

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Origin and Etymology of alquerque

borrowed from Spanish, borrowed from Arabic al “the” + qirq, a board game


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