noun ten·ace \ˈte-ˌnās, te-ˈnās, ˈte-nəs\

Definition of tenace

  1. :  a combination of two high or relatively high cards (such as ace and queen) of the same suit in one hand with one ranking two degrees below the other

Origin and Etymology of tenace

modification of Spanish tenaza, literally, forceps, probably from Latin tenacia, neuter plural of tenax

First Known Use: 1655

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