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planching n also planchen, plancheon, planchion, etc. [phonetics unavailable]. Cp OED ~ vbl sb b 'flooring' dial (1600-1886); EDD 'planking' So D Co. (a) Floor-boards; the floor of a dwelling; (b) planks laid down to form the floor of a barn, fishing-stage, or the cabin or engine-room of a vessel.
   1901 Christmas Review 5 "The Outharbour Planter": His house the village meetin' place, tho' it not always was a mansion; / Its carpet was a sanded floor, with sometimes sawdust on the planchin'. 1906 Nfld Qtly Dec, p. 4 The floor or 'planchion,' as it is called, is well scrubbed and sprinkled with sand. P 152-58 Planchion—the first flooring of a house. P 148-62 Planchin: a wooden floor or walk-way [in a fishing stage]. P 148-66 ~ wooden floor in stable, strong enough to support cows. M 70-29 They were about to take up the planchin (floorboards) around the engine when the skipper told them that they would have to put every plank back just as it was and that they would pay for any they broke. 1972 MURRAY 188-9 Some early kitchens had the 'planchen' (floor) covered with tar paper, except for about a foot around each side which was left bare. 1975 BUTLER 41 There was about a ton of coal under the forecastle floor... There was about half a ton under her cabin planchin'.

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