Four cards all alike, as four aces, four kings, etc., in a game of cards called Gleek. Gleek is three cards alike.
A mournival of aces, gleek of knaves, Just nine a-piece.
Albumazar, iii. 5.
Poole in his English Parnassus called the four elements Nature's first mournival.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894