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Jul 29, 2008
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Words with hidden connections to animals

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croupier

PRONUNCIATION:
(KROO-pee-uhr, -pee-ay)

MEANING:
noun: An attendant at a gaming table at a casino who collects and pays bets, deals the cards, spins the roulette, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French, literally one who sits behind another on horseback, from croupe (rump). The term arose because originally such a person stood behind a gambler to offer advice.

USAGE:
"With a hotel and casino building boom under way since Macao ended a four-decade gambling monopoly six years ago, the city zoomed past Las Vegas in terms of gambling revenue in 2006. Some analysts estimate Macao will need 50,000 croupiers in the next couple of years, a tenth of the population."
Dominic Whiting; Penny Drops For Slot Makers; Reuters; Jun 5, 2008.

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