in India, a game for four players in which the moves of the pieces around a board are determined by the throwing of cowrie shells
Origin of pachisiHindi pac?s? ; from pacis, twenty-five (the highest number thrown) ; from pãc, five ; from Sanskrit páñca, five + -?s ; from b?s, twenty
An ancient game of India similar to backgammon that uses cowrie shells instead of dice.
Origin of pachisiHindi pac&imacron;s&imacron;, from pac&imacron;s, twenty-five : Sanskrit pañca, five; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + Sanskrit vi&mdot;śati&hlowdot;, twenty; see w&imacron;k&mlowring;t&imacron;- in Indo-European roots.
- Parcheesi is a modern American adaptation; that word is trademarked.
Hindi pachis twenty-five, the largest score that can be thrown with the cowrie shells.