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(in India) a raised platform used in tiger hunting
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi
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  • I climbed back into the machan, to watch the development of events.

  • You are sitting in your machan, listening to the approaching line of beaters.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • And early in the evening I climbed into my machan and prepared for Mister Stripes.

    The Sa'-Zada Tales William Alexander Fraser
  • A low, purring note carried to the machan from the cave mouth.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • It will carry two thousand picos of brass bracelets, which cost five taes six maçes, and seven taes per pico delivered in machan.

  • It is sold among the Portuguese at machan for seven or eight taes, according to its quality.

  • The Portuguese pay anchorage at machan according to the beam and length of their ships, and whether they enter light or laden.

  • Then the two men settled back on the springy, woven floor of the machan to a wait in the mysterious night of a tropical jungle.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • You listen intently, and perceive with satisfaction that the moving object is coming towards your machan.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Philip Alexander Maseden, aged sixteen, neither knew nor cared what a machan was.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy

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