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Backgammon

Backgammon (apparently back-game, from certain features in the play; or from Danish words meaning tray game, or Welsh meaning little battle), a well-known game of chance and skill combined, played with dice and draughts by two players on a special board. Possibly it dates from the tenth century. It is now (1891) said to be out of fashion.

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