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pachisi

[puh-chee-zee, pah-] /pəˈtʃi zi, pɑ-/
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, parchesi, parchisi.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Hindi pacīsī, adj. derivative of pacīs twenty-five
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pachisi

/pəˈtʃiːzɪ; pɑː-/
noun
1.
an Indian game somewhat resembling backgammon, played on a cruciform board using six cowries as dice
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi pacīsī, from pacīs twenty-five (the highest score possible in one throw)
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