Definitions for jai alaiˈhaɪ ˌlaɪ, ˈhaɪ əˌlaɪ, ˌhaɪ əˈlaɪ
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jai a•laiˈhaɪ ˌlaɪ, ˈhaɪ əˌlaɪ, ˌhaɪ əˈlaɪ(n.)
a game resembling handball, played on a three-walled court by two, four, or six players who use a long, curved wicker basket
Ref: ( cesta ); Compare fronton.
Origin of jai alai:
1905–10; < Sp < Basque, =jai holiday, feast +alai merry
jai alai, pelota(noun)
a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket
a Basque ball game in which the players propel the ball using a long basket attached to the wrist
Jai alai is a sport involving a ball bounced off a walled space. It is a variety of Basque pelota. The term, coined by Serafin Baroja in 1875, is also often loosely applied to the fronton where the sport is played. The game is called "zesta-punta" in Basque. The Basque Government promotes jai alai as "the fastest sport in the world because of the balls" and once held the world record for ball speed with a 125g–140g ball covered with goatskin that traveled at 302 km/h, performed by José Ramón Areitio at the Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island, until it was broken by Canadian long drive champion Jason Zuback on an episode of Sport Science in July 2009 with a golf ball speed of 328 km/h.
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