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pal•an•quin  (pal′ən kēn), 
British Empire(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.
  • Portuguese palanquim Pali pallaṅka, Sanskrit palyaṅka; compare Oriya pālaṅki
  • Dutch pallankin
  • Middle French
  • 1580–90
pal′an•quiner, pal′an•keener, n. 
pal′an•quining•ly, pal′an•keening•ly, adv. 

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palanquin, palankeen /ˌpælənˈkiːn/ n
  1. a covered litter, formerly used in the Orient, carried on the shoulders of four men
Etymology: 16th Century: from Portuguese palanquim, from Prakrit pallanka, from Sanskrit paryanka couch

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