Definitions for pachisipəˈtʃi zi, pɑ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pa•chi•sipəˈtʃi zi, pɑ-(n.)
a game, orig. from ancient India, similar to backgammon but played on a cross-shaped board.
Origin of pachisi:
1790–1800; < Hindi pacīsī, adj. der. of pacīs twenty-five
pachisi, parchesi, parchisi(noun)
an ancient board game resembling backgammon; played on a cross-shaped board
alt. of Parchesi
Pachisi is a cross and circle board game that originated in ancient India which has been described as the "national game of India". It is played on a board shaped like a symmetrical cross. A player's pieces move around the board based upon a throw of six or seven cowrie shells, with the number of shells resting with aperture upwards indicating the number of spaces to move. The name of the game derives from the Hindi word pachis, meaning twenty-five, the largest score that can be thrown with the cowrie shells. Thus the game is also known by the name Twenty-Five. Parcheesi, Sorry! and Ludo are among the many Westernized commercial versions of the game.
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