- any of the strips used in jackstraws
- the game of jackstraws
Origin: from Middle Dutch spilleken, diminutive of spille: see spile
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- spillikins (used with a sing. verb) The game of jackstraws.
- One of the straws used in playing jackstraws.
Origin: Probably alteration of Flemish spelleken, diminutive of spelle, pin, from Middle Flemish, ultimately from Medieval Latin spīnula, diminutive of Latin spīna, thorn.