pall-mall (pĕlmĕl, pălmăl, pôlmôl)
1. A game of the 1600s in which a boxwood ball was struck with a mallet to drive it through an iron ring suspended at the end of an alley.
2. The alley in which this game was played.
[Obsolete French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio : palla, ball (of Germanic origin; see bhel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + maglio, mallet (from Latin malleus; see melə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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