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Today's word is:

conker

|ˈkäNGkər|

noun. Brit.

The hard shiny dark brown nut of a horse chestnut tree.

  • (conkers) [ treated as sing. ] a children's game in which each child has a conker on the end of a string and takes turns trying to break another's with it.

ORIGIN: mid 19th cent. (a dialect word denoting a snail shell, with which the game, or a similar form of it, was originally played): perhaps from conch, but associated with (and frequently spelled) conquer in the 19th and early 20th centuries: an alternative name was conquerors .