man·​ca·​la | \ mänˈkälə, ˈmäŋkələ \
plural -s

Definition of mancala

: any of various games that are widely played in Africa and southern Asia and in areas influenced by African or Asian cultures and that involve competition between two players in the distribution of pieces (as beans or pebbles) into rows of holes or pockets (as in a board) under various rules that permit accumulation of pieces by capture

called also wari

— see chuba

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History and Etymology for mancala

Arabic manqalah, from naqala to move

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“Mancala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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