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backgammon (băk´găm´ən, băk´găm´ən), game of chance and skill played by two persons upon a specially marked board divided by a space, called the bar, into two tables (inner table and outer table), each of which has 12 alternately colored points, or triangular spaces. Players move along the board according to the rolls of two dice, and the object is to remove one's 15 pieces, or disks, from the board first. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans played a form of backgammon probably derived from the earlier Indian game of Parcheesi. After the 10th cent. AD it became popular in Europe.

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backgammon

back·gam·mon / ˈbakˌgamən/ • n. a board game in which two players move their pieces around twenty-four triangular points according to the throw of dice, the winner being the first to remove all their pieces from the board. ∎  the most complete form of win in this game.

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backgammon

backgammon XVII. f. BACK2 + an earlier form of GAME1.

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