An ancient game of India similar to backgammon that is played on a board or cloth shaped like a Greek cross and that uses cowrie shells instead of dice.
[Hindi pacīsī, from pacīs, twenty-five : Sanskrit pañca, five; see penkwe in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Sanskrit viṁśatiḥ, twenty; see wīktī- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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