Definition of philopena
1 : a game in which a man and woman who have shared the twin kernels of a nut each try to claim a gift from the other as a forfeit at their next meeting by fulfilling certain conditions (as by being the first to exclaim “philopena”) —called also fillipeen
2a : a nut with two kernels b : a gift given as a forfeit
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Origin and Etymology of philopena
modification (influenced by Greek philos loving and Latin poena penalty) of German vielliebchen, literally, much loved; perhaps from the idea that the gift was a penalty of friendship or love — more at pain
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