cooncan

(conquián [koŋkján], the name of a card game)
   Arizona: 1889. According to the DARE, "a card game similar to rummy" played in the Southwest and the South. The DARE also indicates that this term is mistakenly thought to derive from con quién, in Mexican Spanish. The term actually derives from Spanish conquián, which Santamaría and Cobos gloss as a card game.
   Alternate forms: conquain, coon can, councan.

Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. . 2013.

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  • Cooncan — Coon can, n. [Corrupt of conquian.] A game of cards derived from conquian, played by two or more players with one or two full packs of cards. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cooncan — ☆ cooncan [ko͞on′kan΄ ] n. [< earlier conquian < MexSp conquain < conquian < Sp con quién, with whom] an early form of the card game rummy …   English World dictionary

  • cooncan — noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Mexican Spanish conquián conquian, from Spanish ¿con quién? with whom? Date: 1889 a game of rummy played with two packs including two jokers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cooncan — /koohn kan /, n. Cards. a variety of rummy for two players. [1885 90, Amer.; popular alter. of CONQUIAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • cooncan — noun An early form of the card game rummy Syn: conquian …   Wiktionary

  • cooncan — [ ku:nkan] noun a card game for two players, originally from Mexico, similar to rummy. Origin C19: prob. from Sp. con quién with whom? …   English new terms dictionary

  • cooncan — coon·can …   English syllables

  • cooncan — coon•can [[t]ˈkunˌkæn[/t]] n. gam a variety of rummy for two players • Etymology: 1885–90, amer.; alter. of conquian < Spcon quien? lit., with whom? …   From formal English to slang

  • cooncan — /ˈkunkæn/ (say koohnkan) noun a card game of the rummy family for two players. {variant of conquian} …   Australian English dictionary

  • cooncan — ˈkünˌkan noun or coon king ( s) Etymology: by folk etymology from Mexican Spanish conquián, from Spanish ¿con quién? with whom? : a game of rummy derived from conquian and played by two or more with two packs including two jokers called also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • conquian — noun Etymology: Mexican Spanish conquián more at cooncan Date: circa 1911 a card game for two played with 40 cards from which all games of rummy developed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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