WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
duck•pin  (dukpin′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sport[Bowling.]a short pin of relatively large diameter, used in a game resembling tenpins, and bowled at with small balls.
  2. Sportduckpins, (used with a sing. v.) the game played with such pins.
  • so called from the pin's resemblance to the shape of a duck 1905–10

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