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palanquin

or pal·an·keen

[ pal-uhn-keen ]
/ ˌpæl ənˈkin /
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noun

(formerly in India and other Eastern countries) a passenger conveyance, usually for one person, consisting of a covered or boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men.

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Origin of palanquin

1580–90; <Middle French <Dutch pallankin<Portuguese palanquim ≪ Pali pallaṅka,Sanskrit palyaṅka; compare Oriya pālaṅki

OTHER WORDS FROM palanquin

pal·an·quin·er, pal·an·keen·er, nounpal·an·quin·ing·ly, pal·an·keen·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for palanquin

palanquin

palankeen

/ (ˌpælənˈkiːn) /

noun

a covered litter, formerly used in the Orient, carried on the shoulders of four men

Word Origin for palanquin

C16: from Portuguese palanquim, from Prakrit pallanka, from Sanskrit paryanka couch
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