candlepin

noun
can·​dle·​pin | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌpin How to pronounce candlepin (audio) \

Definition of candlepin

1 : a slender bowling pin tapering toward top and bottom
2 candlepins plural in form but singular in construction : a bowling game using candlepins and a smaller ball than that used in tenpins

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Lee also enjoyed candlepin bowling, was a member of the Women's Club of Pittsfield, and of a Wednesday card club. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Leocadia V. Szymanski," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of candlepin

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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