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duck·pin

 (dŭk′pĭn′)
n.
1. A bowling pin that is shorter and squatter than a tenpin.
2. duckpins(used with a sing. verb) A bowling game played with such pins and a small ball.

[From its squat appearance.]
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duck•pins

(ˈdʌkˌpɪnz)

n.
1. (used with a sing. v.) a game like tenpins played with a short bowling pin of relatively large diameter.
2. duckpin, a pin used in this game.
[1905–10; from the pin's resemblance to the shape of a duck]
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Noun1.duckpins - a bowling game using a pin smaller than a tenpin but proportionately widerduckpins - a bowling game using a pin smaller than a tenpin but proportionately wider
bowling - a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them
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Duckpins, though arranged in a triangular fashion identical to that used in ten-pin bowling, are shorter, smaller, and lighter than their ten-pin equivalents, which makes it more difficult to achieve a strike.
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