palanquin

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noun pa·lan·quin \ˌpa-lən-ˈkēn, -ˈkwin, -ˈkin; ˈpa-lən-ˌkēn, -ˌkwin, -ˌkin; pə-ˈlaŋ-kwən\

Definition of palanquin

  1. :  a conveyance formerly used especially in eastern Asia usually for one person that consists of an enclosed litter borne on the shoulders of men by means of poles

Origin and Etymology of palanquin

Portuguese palanquim, from Malay or Javanese pelangki, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Bengali pālaṅka bed


First Known Use: 1588


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