kerem, karem, noun

Forms:
carom, kerimShow more Also carom, kerim, kerm, kirram.
Origin:
Indian English, Malayalam, Portuguese, Spanish, U.S. EnglishShow more Adaptation of Indian English carom a popular Indian game, from Malayalam karambal (Portuguese and Spanish carambola) fruit of a certain tropical tree. In U.S. English this game is called caroms (from Caroms, the proprietory name, a shortened form of carambole).
A game played, in groups of two or four players, on a small board with four pockets, the object being to flick small discs into the pockets using a large disc. Also attributive.
1953 Du Plessis & Lückhoff Malay Quarter 16An old game known as kirram has recently become popular. It is played by two or four men on a smooth board three-and-a-half feet square with pockets at the corners. Nine red and nine white ‘men’ are used, each having the form of a disc. The player moves these discs with the aid of a cue and a larger disc.
1973 S. Afr. Panorama Oct. 37Facilities include indoor sports and film shows. Kerm, dominoes and table-tennis are popular games.
1974 S. Afr. Panorama Aug.Mr. Ishmail Floris (84), grandson of a Malay, invented the game Karem many years ago and he still makes boards for this game, as he has done for 25 years. The game has been played by Cape Malays for the last quarter of a century.
1978 Cape Times 11 Dec. 13Kerim board complete with cues and chips, as new R8.
1980 Het Suid-Western 8 Aug.Indoor games and competitive indoor sports like dominoes,..kerem and chess must be provided for.
1982 D. Kramer Short Back & Sides 64Awie plays the kerem board Stoned on cheap white wine.
1984 D. Pinnock Brotherhoods 4Small groups of young men in their late teens and twenties talking earnestly or playing karem.
1987 P. Jooste in Fair Lady 25 Nov. 139Across the road..men were playing kerim and the sound of their laughter and the loud, clicking sounds of the game came across to us.
1992 R. Mesthrie Lexicon of S. Afr. Indian Eng. 9Carom/Carom board, Game played in groups of two or four, with a small wooden board on which small discs (‘beads’) are flicked with a large disc by hand into one of four pockets.
A game played, in groups of two or four players, on a small board with four pockets, the object being to flick small discs into the pockets using a large disc. Also attributive.
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