pachisi

[puh-chee-zee, pah-]
noun
  1. a board game, originated in ancient India, in which four players advance four pieces each along a route on a cross-shaped board toward a center square by throws of cowrie shells or dice.
  2. a modern version of this game.
Also par·che·si, par·chi·si [pahr-chee-zee] /pɑrˈtʃi zi/.

Origin of pachisi

1790–1800; < Hindi pacīsī, adj. derivative of pacīs twenty-five
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British Dictionary definitions for pachisi

pachisi

noun
  1. an Indian game somewhat resembling backgammon, played on a cruciform board using six cowries as dice

Word Origin for pachisi

C18: from Hindi pacīsī, from pacīs twenty-five (the highest score possible in one throw)
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