Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A game played with sheep bones instead of dice.
  • n. The bone used in playing the game; a huckle bone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A game played with sheep's bones instead of dice.
  • n. The bone used in playing the game; -- called also huckle bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game played with the anklebones of a sheep in the place of dice.
  • n. The bone used in playing the game; the astragalus or ankle-bone, incorrectly called hucklebone. See dib.

Etymologies

Uncertain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not so, saith Thales, for she plays with these as with cockal-bones, and deals boldly with all she meets; she is a person of an admirable understanding, of a shrewd capacious mind, of a very obliging conversation, and one that prevails upon her father to govern his subjects with the greatest mildness.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Now as cockal bones do not take up as much room when they fall upon one end as when they fall flat, so every one of us at the beginning sitting broadwise, and with a full face to the table, afterwards changes the figure, and turns his depth, not his breadth, to the board.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • The game of cockal, 'Bikkelen,' still played by Dutch village children on the blue doorsteps of old-fashioned houses, together with 'Kaatsen,' was introduced into Holland by Nero

    Dutch Life in Town and Country

  • Latham gives "hucklebone," (or cockal), one of the small vertebræ of the coccygis, and Littleton translates "Talus," a hucklebone,

    Arabian nights. English

  • “hucklebone,” (or cockal), one of the small vertebræ of the coccygis, and Littleton translates “Talus,” a hucklebone, a bone to play with like a dye, a play called cockal.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • a bone to play with like a dye, a play called cockal.

    Arabian nights. English

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