harlequin table

noun

: a little 18th century English table convertible into a writing desk by means of a set of drawers pulled up from the level top

Word History

Etymology

probably so called from a resemblance between the movable set of drawers and some of the stage machinery of the commedia dell'arte

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“Harlequin table.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harlequin%20table. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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