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pal·an·quin

 (păl′ən-kēn′, păl′ən-kwĭn) also pal·an·keen (păl′ən-kēn′)
n.
A covered litter carried on poles on the shoulders of multiple bearers, formerly used in southern and eastern Asia.

[Portuguese palanquim, from a modern Indic source such as Hindi pālkī or Oriya pālaṅki, of Middle Indic origin; akin to Prakrit pallaṁka, bed, from Sanskrit paryaṅkaḥ, palyaṅkaḥ, couch, bed, from Sanskrit paryaṅkaḥ, palyaṅkaḥ, couch, bed, of unknown origin.]

palanquin

(ˌpælənˈkiːn) or

palankeen

n
(Historical Terms) a covered litter, formerly used in the Orient, carried on the shoulders of four men
[C16: from Portuguese palanquim, from Prakrit pallanka, from Sanskrit paryanka couch]

pal•an•quin

or pal•an•keen

(ˌpæl ənˈkin)

n.
an enclosed litter suspended from poles and borne on the shoulders of several men, formerly in use in E Asia.
[1580–90; < Middle French < Dutch pallankin < Portuguese palanquim « Pali pallaṅka, Skt palyaṅka; compare Oriya pālaṅki]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palanquin - a closed litter carried on the shoulders of four bearerspalanquin - a closed litter carried on the shoulders of four bearers
litter - conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
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The princesses are carried in palankeens covered with embroidered tapestries and every palankeen followed by a small carriage which can only contain one person.
Before railways became widespread long journeys were undertaken in palankeens, litters carried by men who were changed at intervals like relays of horses.