Definition of Palanquin

1. Noun. A closed litter carried on the shoulders of four bearers.

Exact synonyms: Palankeen
Generic synonyms: Litter

Definition of Palanquin

1. n. An inclosed carriage or litter, commonly about eight feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high, borne on the shoulders of men by means of two projecting poles, -- used in India, China, etc., for the conveyance of a single person from place to place.

Definition of Palanquin

1. Noun. A covered type of litter for a stretched-out passenger, carried on four poles on the shoulders of four or more bearers, as formerly used (also by colonials) in eastern Asia. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Palanquin

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Medical Definition of Palanquin

1. An inclosed carriage or litter, commonly about eight feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high, borne on the shoulders of men by means of two projecting poles, used in India, China, etc, for the conveyance of a single person from place to place. Alternative forms: palankeen. Origin: F. Palanquin, Pg. Palanquim, Javan. Palangki, OJavan. Palangkan, through Prakrit fr. Skr. Paryaka, palyaka, bed, couch; pari around (akin to E. Pref. Peri-) + aka a hook, flank, probably akin to E. Angle fishing tackle. Cf. Palkee. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Palanquin

palagi
palagis
palagonite
palagonitic
palais
palama
palamae
palamate
palamedeae
palamino
palaminos
palampore
palampores
palankeen
palankeens
palanquin (current term)
palanquins
palapa
palapas
palapteryx
palarstanide
palas
palases
palatabilities
palatability
palatable
palatableness
palatablenesses
palatably
palatal

Literary usage of Palanquin

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1. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"... in the palanquin, and I have come back a pink god. Did any of you go to Dearsley afther my time was up? He was at the bottom or ut all." "Ah said so. ..."

2. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1851)
"Flat articles may bo laid beneath the mattress, and bottles and glasses carried in sockets attached to the corners of the palanquin. A cover of waxed cloth ..."

3. Travels in Central Africa, and Explorations of the Western Nile Tributaries by John Petherick, Katherine Harriet Edlman Petherick (1869)
"The morning we left our home in the shed at Aboo Hamed, they lifted me into the swinging palanquin which dear Petherick made for me. ..."

4. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and ...by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett (1816)
"He sometimes goes to the Durbar ; I go to the Durbar : le have seen him going there in his palanquin. I never spoke to him. He never sent a»y of his people ..."

5. Falconry: Its Claims, History, and Practice by Gage Earle Freeman, Francis Henry Salvin (1859)
"D, a light wooden floor, at the corners of which are four openings through which the palanquin legs pass, and the whole is made firm by the iron tongues ..."

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