Definition of kails
1 : a set of bone or wooden pins used in playing ninepins
2 usually singular in construction : a game played with kails
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Origin and Etymology of kails
Middle English kayles; akin to Middle Dutch kegel cone, ninepin, Old High German kegil stake, peg, Old Norse kaggi keg — more at keg
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