A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
[From earlier T totum (from the letter tee that appeared on one side of the toy), from totum, teetotum, from Latin tōtum, neuter sing. of tōtus, all; see teutā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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