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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gambling card game, popular in Elizabethan England.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old card game resembling poker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A game at cards, now unknown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old game of cards.

Etymologies

Alteration of Spanish primera, feminine of primero, first, from Latin prīmārius, principal, from prīmus, first; see prime.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish primera, from primero first, from Latin primarius. See premier. (Wiktionary)

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