tarantass

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From Russian тарантас (tarantas).

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tarantass (plural tarantasses)

  1. A low horse-drawn carriage without springs used in Russia, capable of having its wheels replaced with runners during the winter.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 396:
      From Samarkand, using that peculiarly Russian means of transport, the springless, horse-drawn tarantass, Curzon reached Tashkent by the post road in thirty uncomfortable hours.