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[plan-shet, -chet]
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  1. a small, heart-shaped board supported by two casters and a pencil or stylus that, when moved across a surface by the light, unguided pressure of the fingertips, is supposed to trace meaningful patterns or written messages revealing subconscious thoughts, psychic phenomena, clairvoyant messages, etc.
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Origin of planchette

From French, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at planch, -ette
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  1. a heart-shaped board on wheels, on which messages are written under supposed spirit guidance
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Word Origin

C19: from French: little board, from planche plank 1
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