jackstraw

noun
jack·​straw | \ ˈjak-ˌstrȯ How to pronounce jackstraw (audio) \

Definition of jackstraw

1 jackstraws plural in form but singular in construction : a game in which a set of straws or thin strips is let fall in a heap with each player in turn trying to remove one at a time without disturbing the rest
2 : one of the pieces used in the game jackstraws

First Known Use of jackstraw

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jackstraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackstraw. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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