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pantechnicon

[pan-tek-ni-kon, -kuh n] /pænˈtɛk nɪˌkɒn, -kən/
noun, British
1.
a furniture van; moving van.
Also called pantechnicon van.
Origin of pantechnicon
1820-1830
1820-30; pan- + Greek technikón artistic, skillful (neuter of technikós); see technic
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  • That is to say, it was a pantechnicon only by courtesy—Mr. Crump's courtesy.

  • I should think one pantechnicon would do, just for this parish.

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • Tippitt and Bindle silently busied themselves in harnessing the horses to the pantechnicon.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • Passion in a pantechnicon or Elopements economically conducted.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • The doors of the pantechnicon were burst open and thrown back upon their hinges, where they shivered as if trembling with fear.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • And the onrush of the pantechnicon constituted a clear crisis.

  • From the top of the pantechnicon could be heard Wilkes's persistent cough, whilst Huggles was in charge of the "ribbons."

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • "I knew we was goin' to 'ave a shower," and he proceeded to water the top of the pantechnicon.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • Synchronising with the opening of the doors of the pantechnicon was a short, sharp blast of a police whistle.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • All eyes were fixed upon the human avalanche that was pouring from the inside of the pantechnicon.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for pantechnicon

pantechnicon

/pænˈtɛknɪkən/
noun (Brit)
1.
a large van, esp one used for furniture removals
2.
a warehouse where furniture is stored
Word Origin
C19: from pan- + Greek tekhnikon relating to the arts, from tekhnē art; originally the name of a London bazaar, the building later being used as a furniture warehouse
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