from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ancient game of India similar to backgammon that uses cowrie shells instead of dice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ancient Indian board game in which players, throwing dice, shells, etc. to determine the distance of each move, attempt to be the first to take all of their counters around the board.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A game, somewhat resembling backgammon, originating in India.
- n. A game adopted from the Indian game, using disks, as of pasteboard, and dice; it is played on a cross-shaped board.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game of Hindu origin, resembling backgammon, played by four persons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancient board game resembling backgammon; played on a cross-shaped board
Hindi pacīsī, from pacīs, twenty-five : Sanskrit pañca, five; + Sanskrit viṁśatiḥ, twenty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi pachis twenty-five, the largest score that can be thrown with the cowrie shells. (Wiktionary)