- conker:  A conker was originally a ‘snail shell’. Small boys tied them on to pieces of string and played a game involving trying to break their opponent’s shell (another method of playing was simply to press two shells together and see which one broke). The first record of the use of horse chestnuts instead of snail shells is from the 1880s, but in the succeeding century this has established itself as the word’s sole application.
It is not entirely clear where it originally came from. The connection with molluscs has inevitably suggested a derivation from conch (itself ultimately from Greek kónkhē), but early 19th-century spellings of the game as conquering, and of conker as conqueror, point to a simpler explanation, that the stronger snail shell defeated, or ‘conquered’, the weaker.
- conker (n.)
- "snail shell," also "horse chestnut," from children's game of conkers (q.v.).
- 1. Have you seen Tom Smith's conker ? He's got ever such big one!
- 你看到过汤姆史密斯的七叶树 吗 ?他有一棵非常大的七叶树.
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