a brand of the game pachisi. Unabridged
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Parcheesi (pɑːˈtʃiːzɪ)
trademark a modern board game derived from the ancient game of pachisi

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1800, from Hindi pachisi, from pachis "twenty-five" (highest throw of the dice), from Skt. panca "five" + vinsati-s "twenty." Modern spelling, with intrusive -r- enshrined in trademark name, 1892.
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board game, sometimes called the national game of India. Four players in opposing partnerships of two attempt to move pieces around a cross-shaped track. Moves are determined by throws of cowrie shells or dice. Each player has four pieces, which begin at the centre space, move down the middle track nearest the player, and counterclockwise around the outer track of the board. The partnership whose pieces first complete the course by returning to the centre space is the winner

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