[lan-daw, -dou]
a four-wheeled, two-seated carriage with a top made in two parts that may be let down or folded back.
a sedanlike automobile with a short convertible back.

1735–45; perhaps named after Landau, town in Germany where first made Unabridged


[lahn-dou; Russian luhn-dou]
Lev Davidovich [lyef duh-vye-duh-vyich] , 1908–68, Russian scientist: Nobel Prize in Physics 1962. Unabridged
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landau (ˈlændɔː)
a four-wheeled carriage, usually horse-drawn, with two folding hoods that meet over the middle of the passenger compartment
[C18: named after Landau (a town in Bavaria), where it was first made]

Landau (Russian lanˈdau)
Lev Davidovich (ljɛf daˈvidəvitʃ). 1908--68, Soviet physicist, noted for his researches on quantum theory and his work on the theories of solids and liquids: Nobel prize for physics 1962

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"four-wheeled carriage," 1743, from Landau, town in Germany where they first were made.
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four-wheeledfour-wheeled carriage, invented in Germany, seating four people on two facing seats with an elevated front seat for the coachman. It was distinguished by two folding hoods, one at each end, which met at the top to form a boxlike enclosure with side windows. It was a heavy vehicle, often drawn by a team of four horses, and was widely used from the 18th century in England. Usually, landaus were severely cut away beneath at each end, so that the bottom of the door was the lowest point of the carriage body

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