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 is played on a board or cloth shaped like a Greek cross and that uses cowrie shells instead of dice.
Origin of pachisiHindi pacīsī from pacīs twenty-five Sanskrit pañca five ; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.Sanskrit vi&mdot;śatih twenty ; see wīk&mlowring;tī- 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.