Leaves (card suit)

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Example of the suit of Leaves
Symbol: Laub

Leaves are one of the four suits in German-suited decks of playing cards. They correspond to Spades in a French deck. The leaf symbol originates from the Sword symbol of the Latin card decks.[1]

As its name suggests, the leaf is represented by a stylized green leaf. The left half is lighter than the right half; it can sometimes be yellow. veins are visible and there is usually a petiole. There may also be smaller leaves.

They are usually known in German as Laub ("foliage"), but also as Gras ("grass"), Blatt ("leaf") or Grün ("green"). Cards are referred to as in a French deck e.g. the "King of Leaves", but in German as "Laub-König" or "Grün-König" i.e. "Leaf King". It is the second-highest suit in the games of Skat, Schafkopf and Doppelkopf, und the second lowest in Préférence.

The gallery below shows a suit of Leaves from a German suited deck of 32 cards. The pack is of the Saxonian pattern:

Swiss playing cards[edit]

Symbol: Shield

In Swiss playing cards, a suit of Shields (Schilten) is used instead of Leaves.

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Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "An Introduction to Playing Cards". Playing Cards.