Missing Sense of "Basketball"

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Tue Jun 6 18:52:34 UTC 2006

> Which "-ball" compounds can designate either the sphere or
> the game?  Basketball, baseball, football, volleyball,
> tether-ball, dodge-ball(?)--others?

OED has nothing for bocce or bocce ball, nor tee-ball, nor t-ball
(although the term is used in a cite for "mother").

Has croquet, and croquet-hoop, -mallet, etc., but not croquet-ball.

Has swingball (a game like skittles) as a game, but not as a ball.

Has foosball, eight ball, and tether-ball as games and balls.

Has hurling and hurling ball.

Has skee-ball as a game, but does not specifically list skee-ball as a
ball; has only that there are attrib. senses.

Has roque, but nothing for roque-ball.

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