fillipeen
Philopena Phil`o*pe"na, n. [Probably a corruption fr. G. vielliebchen, LG. vielliebken, or D. veelliebken, a philopena, literally, much loved; but influenced by Gr. ? a friend, and L. poena penalty, from an idea that the gift was a penalty of friendship or love.] A present or gift which is made as a forfeit in a social game that is played in various ways; also, the game itself. [Written also {fillipeen} and {phillippine}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: One of the ways may be stated as follows: A person finding a nut with two kernels eats one, and gives the other to a person of the opposite sex, and then whichever says philopena first at the next meeting wins the present. The name is also applied to the kernels eaten. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Fillipeen — Fil li*peen , n. See {Philopena}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fillipeen — /fil euh peen /, n. philopena. * * * …   Universalium

  • fillipeen — fil·li·peen …   English syllables

  • fillipeen — …   Useful english dictionary

  • phillippine — Philopena Phil o*pe na, n. [Probably a corruption fr. G. vielliebchen, LG. vielliebken, or D. veelliebken, a philopena, literally, much loved; but influenced by Gr. ? a friend, and L. poena penalty, from an idea that the gift was a penalty of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Philopena — Phil o*pe na, n. [Probably a corruption fr. G. vielliebchen, LG. vielliebken, or D. veelliebken, a philopena, literally, much loved; but influenced by Gr. ? a friend, and L. poena penalty, from an idea that the gift was a penalty of friendship or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • philopena — /fil euh pee neuh/, n. 1. a custom, presumably of German origin, in which two persons share the kernels of a nut and determine that one shall receive a forfeit from the other at a later time upon the saying of a certain word or the performance of …   Universalium

  • Vielliebchen — Sn (zwei zusammengewachsene Früchte, an die sich Volksbräuche für Liebespaare knüpfen, besonders Doppelmandeln) per. Wortschatz reg. (19. Jh.) Onomastische Bildung. Das Wort scheint eine Umdeutung zu sein aus Filipchen, dieses weiter aus frz.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • fillipeener — noun see fillipeen …   Useful english dictionary

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