Origin: ME coyte (Anglo-Fr jeu de coytes), prob. < OFr coite, cushion (< L culcita: see quilt): ? orig., a cushion target
See quoit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English coyte, flat stone, quoit
Origin: , from Old French coilte, coite
Origin: , from Latin culcita, cushion. Regional Note: The game quoits derives its name from quoit, specifically denoting a heavy iron ring slightly convex on the outside and concave inside, configured so as to give it an edge for cutting into the ground. Both the game and the term are associated almost exclusively with the Upper North (the northernmost tier of states from New York State westward to North Dakota). In fact, quoits is one of a dozen terms that are most reliable for delineating the Upper North dialect boundary.
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