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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.