One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A four-wheeled horse-drawn Russian carriage without springs, mounted on a long flexible wooden chassis.
- ‘His two sons were standing in the courtyard, near the stables, as the tarantass drove up.’
- ‘He assured me that when a good snow road is formed and a tarantass may be exchanged for a sledge, the amount of ground passed-over in a day is something marvellous.’
- ‘When we had left the village and were driving along in our tarantass the mystery was satisfactorily cleared up.’
- ‘All day the tarantass was driven rapidly by the iemschiks, who succeeded each other at every stage.’
- ‘As the tarantass nears the wattled corral, the watchful ravens stir from their perches.’
From Russian tarantas.
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