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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.
[Hindi pacīsī, from pacīs, twenty-five : Sanskrit pañca, five; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + Sanskrit viṁśatiḥ, twenty; see wīkm̥tī- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Games, other than specified) an Indian game somewhat resembling backgammon, played on a cruciform board using six cowries as dice
[C18: from Hindi pacīsī, from pacīs twenty-five (the highest score possible in one throw)]
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pa•chi•si(pəˈtʃi zi, pɑ-)
a game, orig. from ancient India, similar to backgammon but played on a cross-shaped board.
[1790–1800; < Hindi pacīsī, adj. derivative of pacīs twenty-five]
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|Noun||1.||pachisi - an ancient board game resembling backgammon; played on a cross-shaped board|
board game - a game played on a specially designed board
Parcheesi - a modern board game based on pachisi
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