Definition of Mancala

1. Noun. (games board games) A generic name applied to various board games in which a move consists of emptying a pit and then its contents are sown one by one into ensuing pits ¹



2. Noun. (games) A synonym for Kalah, a mancala game invented in the USA in 1940 ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mancala

1. a variety of board games [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mancala

manat
manatee
manatees
manati
manation
manatiq
manatis
manatoid
manats
manbag
manbags
manboob
manboobs
manbote
manbotes
mancala (current term)
mancalas
mancalline
mancando
mancatcher
mancation
mancations
mancession
mancessions
manche
mancheron
mancherons
manches
manchet
manchets

Literary usage of Mancala

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1. Cross River Natives: Being Some Notes on the Primitive Pagans of Obubura by Charles Partridge (1905)
"... amusements—" mancala "—A women's play described—Yam festivals—Circles of monumental stones sculptured with human faces —Circles of stones in the Gambia. ..."

2. Bulletin by University of Pennsylvania University Museum. Dept. of Archaeology (1897)
"This board is identical with that figured by Bent (Sacred City of the Ethiopians), and reproduced by Culin (mancala, the National Game of Africa). ..."

3. Head-hunters; Black, White, and Brown by Alfred Cort Haddon (1901)
"Under one shed, or mausoleum as I suppose one ought to call it, was an old Kayan shield and a tiny model of another shield, also a mancala board. ..."

4. Head-hunters: Black, White, and Brown by Alfred Cort Haddon (1901)
"mancala, the national game of Africa, is played with pebbles, or similar objects, on a board provided with parallel rows of depressions ; the game has ..."

5. Through Central Borneo: An Account of Two Years' Travel in the Land of the by Carl Lumholtz (1920)
"This game, generally known among scientific men by the name mancala, ... A comprehensive account of the game mancala is given by Mr. Stewart Culin, ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"He has written 'Korean Games' (1896); 'mancala, the National Game of Africa' (1894) ; 'American Indian Games' (1905). CULINARY. See COOKERY. ..."

7. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1899)
"... by Thomas Wilson; and mancala, the National Game of Africa, by Stewart Culin. Thanks were ordered to be returned for the objects exhibited and for the ..."

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