from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hard, round seed of any one of several leguminous plants, used by children for playing marbles; especially, a seed of Guilandina Crista, G. major, Ormosia monosperma, or Stizolobium urens, or one of the plants itself. They are usually distinguished from each other, as mato azul, mato amarillo, etc.
  • n. A game of marbles played with these seeds.


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