Definitions for palanquinˌpæl ənˈkin
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an enclosed litter suspended from poles and borne on the shoulders of several men, formerly in use in E Asia.
Category: Indian (India)
Origin of palanquin:
1580–90; < MF < D pallankin < Pg palanquim蠐 Pali pallaṅka, Skt palyaṅka; cf. Oriya pālaṅki
a closed litter carried on the shoulders of four bearers
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.
Origin: From palanquim, ultimately from पल्यङ्क.
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
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in India and China a covered conveyance for one person borne on the shoulders of men.