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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
(pal′ən kēn′),USA pronunciation n.
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.
pal′an•quin′er, pal′an•keen′er, n.
pal′an•quin′ing•ly, pal′an•keen′ing•ly, adv.
- Portuguese palanquim Pali pallaṅka, Sanskrit palyaṅka; compare Oriya pālaṅki
- Dutch pallankin
- Middle French
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palanquin, palankeen /ˌpælənˈkiːn/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: from Portuguese palanquim, from Prakrit pallanka, from Sanskrit paryanka couch
- a covered litter, formerly used in the Orient, carried on the shoulders of four men
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