Word of the Day – Palanquin

By December 13, 2019 Word of the Day

Palanquin (noun)


(in India and the East) a covered seat for one passenger, consisting of a large box carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers.
Late 16th century from Portuguese palanquim, from Oriya pālaṅki, based on Sanskrit palyanka ‘bed, couch’.

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“The palanquin was carried by four robed men.”

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