September 01, 2014
lacrosse (noun)
\luh-KRAWSS\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a game played on a field in which players use long-handled sticks with shallow nets for catching, throwing, and carrying the ball
How do you use it?
I was going to go out for cross-country this season, but opted instead for lacrosse.
Are you a word wiz?

Lacrosse is now played in many countries, but in what country do you think the word "lacrosse" was first used to refer to the game?

You're on the ball if you chose D! "Lacrosse" derives from "la crosse," Canadian French words which literally mean, "the crosier." A crosier is a staff with a hooked end (like a shepherd's staff) carried by a bishop. Lacrosse players use a stick with a netted pocket called a "crosse," which suggests a crosier and this gave the sport its name. The game itself isn't French-Canadian in origin, nor were bishops the first players. North American Indian tribes first played it and they called it "baggataway" or "tewaraathon." Europeans in Canada picked up the game, but not the name; instead, they renamed it "lacrosse."
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