from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A decorative cabinet, of a form originating in Spain, the body being rectangular and supported on legs or an ornamental framework and the front opening downwards on hinges to serve as a writing desk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cabinet of peculiar form, consisting of a boxshaped body without architectural ornaments, opening by means of a front hinged at the bottom edge, and the whole mounted on columns or a stand at a height convenient for writing on the opened cover used as a desk.


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