Billiard

Maroseika

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According to one of the sources Fr. billiard, originally the wooden cue stick, from O.Fr. bille "stick of wood," from Gaul. *bilia "tree."
However others sources says billiard derivates from French bille - small ball.
Or maybe these two versions are not contradictory, because ball goes back to PIE base *bhel- "to swell", i.e. also to something long and thin.

Anyway, what exactly bille meant in Old-French?
 
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