Definition of machila in English:

machila

(also machilla)

noun

  • A conveyance, usually for one person, used in Africa and consisting of a hammock slung between two poles, carried by bearers.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Fitzwilliam Owen (1774–1857), naval officer and hydrographer. From Portuguese machila litter, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

machila

/məˈʃiːlə//məˈtʃiːlə/