squail

verb
\ˈskwā(ə)l\

Definition of squail 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

dialectal, chiefly British : to throw a weighted stick (as at a bird or fruit on a tree) squailed at the pears with short sticks— Richard Jefferies

transitive verb

dialectal, chiefly British : to strike by throwing a stick

squail

noun
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plural -s

Definition of squail (Entry 2 of 2)

: a disk or counter used in the game of squails

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History and Etymology for squail

Verb

origin unknown

Noun

back-formation from squails

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