bar·​botte | \ (ˈ)bär¦bät \
variants: or less commonly barbooth \ -​¦büt(h) \ or barbudi \ bärˈbüdē \
plural -s

Definition of barbotte

: a dice game in which a throw of 3-3, 5-5, 6-6, or 6-5 wins, a throw of 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, or 4-4 loses, and other throws do not count

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History and Etymology for barbotte

borrowed from Canadian French & Modern Greek; Canadian French barbotte, barboute, borrowed from Modern Greek mbarmboúti, borrowed from Turkish barbut, of obscure origin

Note: A Balkanism presumably introduced into Montreal by Greek or Sephardic Jewish immigrants in the 1920s or earlier. The hypothesis of a French argot origin is not supportable.

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“Barbotte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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