From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Tarantass \Tar'an*tass"\, noun [Russ. tarantas'.] A low four-wheeled carriage used in Russia. The carriage box rests on two long, springy poles which run from the fore to the hind axletree. When snow falls, the wheels are taken off, and the body is mounted on a sledge.
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