Saturday, February 07, 2015

word of the day: pillion

The word of the day is pillion:

1. a pad or cushion attached behind a saddle, especially as a seat for a woman.
2. a pad, cushion, saddle, or the like, used as a passenger seat on a bicycle, motor scooter, etc.
3. a passenger's saddle or seat behind the driver's seat on a motorcycle.
Scots Gaelic pillinn or Irish pillĂ­n, diminutive of peall skin, rug blanket, MIr pell < Latin pellis skin (
"It had to be a weird dream.  He couldn't have ridden pillion on a great white horse that had cantered up into the sky and then went...
 - Terry Pratchett, Mort 

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