Variant of pinochle
☆ or pinocle
- any of a family of card games, usually for three or four persons and typically played with a 48-card deck made up of two of every card above the eight, including the ace
- the meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this game
Origin: earlier binochle < Ger dial. (Swiss) binokel < Fr binocle, pince-nez (< ModL binoculus, binoculars: see binocular), taken as synonym for bésigue, bezique, wrongly identified with besicles, spectacles (prob. because the game is played with a double deck)
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