shatranj

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic شطرنج (šaṭranj), from Persian شترنگ (šatrang), from Middle Persian ctlng (čatrang), from Sanskrit चतुरङ्ग (čaturaṅga).

Noun[edit]

shatranj (uncountable)

  1. An ancestor of modern chess.
    • 2007, Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road, Sceptre 2008, p. 3:
      Engrossed in the study of a small ivory shatranj board with pieces of ebony and horn, [...] the African held the place nearest the fire [...].