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fantan


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fan-tan  \Fan"-tan`\,  n.  [Chinese  (of  Canton)  in  an-tan-kun 
  gambling  house.] 
  1.  A  Chinese  gambling  game  in  which  coins  or  other  small 
  objects  are  placed  upon  a  table,  usually  under  a  cap,  and 
  the  players  bet  as  to  what  remainder  will  be  left  when  the 
  sum  of  the  counters  is  divided  by  four 
 
  2.  A  game  with  playing  cards  in  which  the  cards  are  played  in 
  sequences  upon  the  table,  the  one  who  first  gets  rid  of 
  his  cards  being  the  winner. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fantan 
  n  1:  a  Chinese  gambling  game;  a  random  number  of  counters  are 
  placed  under  a  bowl  and  you  gamble  on  how  many  will  be 
  left  (0  or  1  or  2  or  3)  modulo  4 
  2:  a  card  game  in  which  you  play  your  sevens  and  other  cards  in 
  sequence  in  the  same  suit  as  their  sevens;  you  win  if  you 
  are  the  first  to  use  all  your  cards  [syn:  {sevens},  {parliament}] 




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