Definition of mancala in US English:

mancala

(also mancalah, mankalah)

noun

  • A board game, originally Arabic but now common throughout Africa and Asia, played by two players on a board with rows of holes or hollows, having as its object the capture, or removal, of the opponent's pieces.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Archibald Lovell (fl. 1663–1687). From colloquial Arabic manqala (in literary Arabic minqala) ‘(device designed for) transfer (of board-game pieces from one position to another)’, ‘the game of mancala’ from naqala to transfer, remove, relocate.

Pronunciation

mancala

/manˈkɑːlə/