pétanque [pey-tahngk; French pe-tahnk] WORD ORIGIN noun a form of lawn bowling originating in France, usually played on rough ground using steel balls.

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  • Origin of pétanque 1950–55; French Provençal pé foot (Latin ped-, stem of pēs) + tanco post, stake (derivative of tancar to close, bar Vulgar Latin *stanticāre; see stanch1); so called because the feet are to be planted firmly on the ground, as if staked, when the ball is releasedAlso called boule. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for petanque pétanque noun another name, esp in the South of France, for boules Word Origin for pétanque from Provençal pèd tanco foot fixed (to the ground) Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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