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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gobang \Go*bang"\, n. [Written also goban.] [Jap. goban checkerboard, fr. Chino-Jap. go checker + ban board.] A Japanese game, played on a checkerboard, in which the object of the game is to be the first in placing five pieces, or men, in a row in any direction. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]