palanca

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Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *palanca, from Latin phalanga, from the accusative form of Ancient Greek φάλαγξ (phálanx, log, trunk, body of soldiers, etc.).

Noun[edit]

palanca f (plural palanche)

  1. board
    for use in construction, scaffolding or furniture-making

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Spanish blanca (small Early Modern Spanish copper coin).

Noun[edit]

palanca f (plural palanche)

  1. money
  2. (historical) any of several small copper coins, used in Tuscany, Venice and Liguria during and after the Italian Renaissance Wars, equivalent to the Spanish blanca, having a value equivalent to one or two historical pence



Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish palanca, from Latin phalanga (roller; pole), from Ancient Greek φάλαγξ (phálanx, log; phalanx).

Noun[edit]

palanca f (plural palancas)

  1. stake (long, sharp piece of wood)
  2. lever (long, rigid object used to transmit force)
  3. (military architecture, historical) a rampart with palisades or stakes
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Zulu mpalanka.

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Noun[edit]

palanca f (plural palancas)

  1. roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus, an antelope of the African savannah)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From alar ‎(“haul”) + panca. Cf. Portuguese alavanca, English plank, planch and Spanish plancha.

Noun[edit]

palanca f (plural palancas)

  1. lever
  2. leverage, influence
  3. joystick
  4. handle (on a toilet)
  5. diving board
  6. (soccer) chip, chipped shot

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