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Bagatelle

Bagatelle (Fr. bagatelle, a trifle), a game somewhat resembling billiards, played by two or more persons with nine small ivory balls and a cue or mace, on a board, one-half of which contains nine numbered holes. The player's object is to put the balls into these. The game may be connected with the old English shovel-board.