Historical a covered litter used in S Asia, usually for one person, carried by poles on the shoulders of two or more men
Origin of palanquinPortuguese palanquim ; from Indo-Aryan (cf. Hindi p?lk?) ; from Sanskrit palya?ka, parya?ka, bed, couch ; from pari-, around (see peri-) + añcati, (it) bends ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ank- from source ankle
A covered litter carried on poles on the shoulders of multiple bearers, formerly used in eastern Asia.
Origin of palanquinPortuguese palanquim, from a modern Indic source such as Hindi palk&imacron; or Oriya pala&ndot;ki, of Middle Indic origin; akin to Prakrit palla&mdot;ka, bed, from Sanskrit parya&ndot;ka&hlowdot;, palya&ndot;ka&hlowdot;, couch, bed, from Sanskrit parya&ndot;ka&hlowdot;, palya&ndot;ka&hlowdot;, couch, bed, of unknown origin.