suan pan

noun \ˈswänˈpän\
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swan pan

\ˈswänˈpän\

Definition of suan pan

  1. :  an abacus employed by the Chinese and containing balls movable along rods held by a wooden frame

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Origin and Etymology of suan pan

Chinese (Pekingese) suan4-p'an2, literally, reckoning board


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