Pachisi Definition

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.
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Origin of Pachisi

  • Hindi pacīsī from pacīs twenty-five Sanskrit pañca five penkwe in Indo-European roots Sanskrit viṁśatiḥ twenty wīkm̥tī- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Hindi pachis twenty-five, the largest score that can be thrown with the cowrie shells.

    From Wiktionary

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